Storytellers: Ann Moody in Conversation with Julia Rose Sutherland
The following is a transcribed excerpt from a conversation between Power Clash Contributing Writer & artist Ann Moody (she/they) and artist Julia Rose Sutherland (she/her). We’re honored to share such a challenging, thought provoking, and important conversation on our platform.
Let’s listen to Ann and Julia: https://powerclashart.com/storytellers-ann-moody-in-conversation-with-julia-rose-sutherland/
A note to our readers from interviewer Ann Moody: This text conversation represents only a small portion of what was discussed in my video interview with Julia. Many important, relevant topics had to be cut in the interest of space. I implore the reader to watch the full length video for more context [linked at the bottom of this post].
[Editor’s note: Trigger Warning: this interview contains discussion of murder of BIPOC people, police violence, colonial violence & genocide, and grief.]
Opening of Touching Earth and Sky at the THE MACKENZIE ART GALLERY!! Curated the the wonderful Felicia Gay
So excited and thrilled to have been apart of this amazing opportunity to show at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, please check it you!
Touching Earth and Sky involves the work of artists Judy Anderson, Thirza Cuthand, Casey Koyczan, Bradley Larocque, Mary Longman, Shelley Niro, and Julia Rose Sutherland. Each artist has interpreted with poignant beauty their understanding of themselves and of their agency and connection as Indigenous people from Turtle Island.
“As a Swampy Cree person, I ask myself, “what is agency without connection?” We walk this world touching both earth and sky all at once. As living beings, we intuitively understand our engagement with many spheres simultaneously; our worldview is to understand and contemplate our connection to all things. There are a multiplicity of perspectives that involve how Indigenous people currently see themselves—the concept of belonging and not belonging is a condition of the heart for Indigenous people. After generations of colonialism, we have painfully or tentatively evaluated our connection to Indigenous spaces and manage our disconnections to culture and community daily. As Indigenous people, we navigate this world at times feeling severed, disconnected. Yet every day we are reminded of our complex integrated relationship to creation. Our understanding of who we are as a people is not severed, not fragmented, but perhaps only sometimes sleeping. We have agency with this land we have lived with for thousands of years, and we breathe in the stars that have watched over us all this time.”
Words cannot describe the gratitude and honor I have to be included in this exhibition All Together, Amoungst Many: Reflections on Empathy. Curated by the one and only Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs.
All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy explores the cultural and sociopolitical issues currently defining the United States. Presented on the heels of the 2020 U.S. elections, the work of 21 artists takes various approaches to understanding empathy and aims to awaken shared beliefs in humanity during these polarizing times. The artists are based across the United States and Canada and through their diverse, unique perspectives broadly engage ideas centered on land rights and Indigenous rights, climate change and the environment, food justice, accessibility and healthcare, immigration and migration, systemic racism, LGBTQIA2S+ rights, the criminal justice system, police brutality, and violence on all accounts. This exhibition, while not an exhaustive survey, provides a snapshot of America’s turbulent society today.
Todxs Juntxs, Entre Muchxs: Reflexiones Sobre la Empatía explora los problemas culturales y sociopolíticos que definen actualmente a los Estados Unidos. Presentado inmediatamente después de las elecciones estadounidenses de 2020, el trabajo de 20 artistas toma varios enfoques para comprender la empatía y tiene como objetivo despertar creencias compartidas en la humanidad durante estos tiempos de polarización. Los artistas tienen su sede alrededor de los Estados Unidos y, a través de sus perspectivas diversas y únicas, involucran ampliamente ideas centradas en los derechos a la tierra y los derechos indígenas, el cambio climático y el medio ambiente, la justicia alimentaria, la accesibilidad y cuidado de salud, la inmigración y la migración, el racismo sistemático, los derechos LGBTQIA2S +, el sistema de justicia criminal, brutalidad policial y violencia en todos los aspectos. Esta exposición, aunque no es un estudio exhaustivo, ofrece una instantánea de la turbulenta sociedad estadounidense actual.
So excited and houner to be one of the summer session Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts!
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs. Located in the historic Old Market, Omaha’s arts and culture district, Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.
Bemis Center’s core mission has always been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth, experimentation, confrontation of challenges, and cultivation of new ideas. To date, more than 1,000 artists have participated in the residency program.
For more information, visit bemiscenter.org.
Virtual Artist Talk with Julia Rose Sutherland
May 20, 2021
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PRESENCE AND ABSENCE: IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND
So thankful for this amazing Interview facilitated by Margaryta Golovchenko
So excited to share that y’all can find my work “Flesh Economics” in Canadian Art Magazine! @canartca https://canadianart.ca
Big shout out to Wil Aballe of @waapart for ongoing support, so honoured to work with you!
Cover image @kitekitekitekitekite and @aerial_ps 🥂
I'm excited to announce that K ART is soon launching a new exhibition on April 30th 2021 titled "Brought to Light: The Epidemic of Violence against Native and Indigenous Women" which will feature my work "Vigil: The Land Remembers" as well as work done by the amazing Jodi Lynn Maracle, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, and Natalie Ball.
"Photo-documentation will be shown of Julia Rose Sutherland's performance piece done at Silo City, Buffalo, NY, which gave remembrance and gratitude and sought to raise public awareness about the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America"
For more infomation: https://www.thek.art/exhibitions
Monday March 15 2021
I am honoured and excited to be speaking on a Women's Day Panel with the Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham.!
"Come celebrate International Women's Day with the Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham.
The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge - Gender-Based Violence
We are honoured to present our guest speakers, Nadine Sookermany, Francisca Mandeya, Julia Rose Sutherland and Gemma Broderick.
Come join us in celebrating women!
Please register and a link to our Zoom event will be provided to you later."
March 08- March 31 2021
Announcing our Unmute: Virtual Artists-in-Residence!We are delighted to announce the 9 artists from across Canada participating in our first ever virtual artist residency program this month! Over the next 4 weeks these artists will be gathering virtually to collaborate, learn and share their artistic practice with each other. Their work together will culminate in our Artist Residency Showcase, happening on March 25 @ 7:30pm EST. We will be sharing more detailed profiles of these fabulous artists throughout the month. Be sure to visit https://www.artsunite.ca/national-launch/#mar25
for more on our National Launch programing!#artsUNITE #UNITEdesarts #AU_NationalLaunch #AU_Unmute #virtualresidency #canadianart #canadianartists
Upcoming Show, “ALL TOGETHER, AMONGST MANY:REFLECTIONS ON EMPATHY” At the Bemis Center.Curated by Rachel Adams, Bemis Cheif Curator and Director of Programs.Postponed due to COVID-19.
More information here: https://www.bemiscenter.org/art/upcoming-new.html
Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 15th, 2021
Show “BEING IN-BETWEEN/ IN-BETWEEN BEING” and Artist talk with Julia Rose Sutherland. “an exploration of intertextuality and identity by womxn and queer artists”
Curated by Jocelyn E. Marshall.
“After an opening lecture by the curator of Being In-Between / In-Between Being, Jocelyn E. Marshall, interdisciplinary artist Julia Rose Sutherland presents her work on “Protesting Through Traditional Craft.” Sutherland discusses the events of Friday, June 12 2020, when her cousin Rodney Levi was shot twice in the chest and killed by the hands of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer on the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation reservation. The shared artwork responds to police brutality in North America, and, in particular, that of Turtle Island (Canada) and the ongoing colonial genocide of First Nations peoples. Overall, Sutherland gives an account on the subject matter of craft as mediation and resistance against ongoing violence.”
Online Exhibition & Virtual Event Series found below:
Filmed talk found here:
Friday, Oct. 30th, 2020
You're invited to join Indigenous JHI Artist-in-Residence Vanessa Dion Fletcher & special guest artists for Quill Conversations, an online conversation series.
Porcupine quills were used in Indigenous cultures before the introduction of glass beads, dyed and embroidered onto clothing, moccasins and baskets. You are invited to find out more about the diverse and expansive ways these contemporary artists use porcupine quills in their art.
Filmmed conversetation below
Tuesday, Sept. 22,2020
S1 Ep13 Julia Rose Sutherland A Mi'kmaq Womans Transformative Journey thru Art that Informs&Inspires.
Guest on the Talks With A Fox Podcast! “Oki! Welcome to the fox den, I'm your host Andrea True Joy Fox, a Blackfoot woman, teacher, and artist. Join me on this colourful journey of learning where conversations with inspirational leaders share their gifts, teachings and stories with the world. "I am a teacher, therefore I am a student for life."
Work displayed at the Toronoto Art Fair 2020 via WAAP Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery mentioned in The Globe and Mail! written by art critic Kate Taylor.
Finf the artile here:
Canadain Art mentioned my parcipation the the frist online Toronoto Art Fair!
Work displayed on Artsy.net via WAAP Gallery.
Wednesday Oct. 28- Nov. 7th FALL 2020
Friday, June. 12, 2020
“In recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, we sat down with Julia Rose Sutherland to delve deeper into her artistic practice, activism and advocacy efforts, and to discuss issues facing Indigenous women today.”
To view the full interview click here: https://www.womenscentrecalgary.org/exploring-indigenous-issues-with-artist-in-residence-julia-rose-sutherland/#
Aug.1- Sept. 5th, 2020
Jan. 8th, 2019
Thursday, Oct.17 - 28th, 2019.
“Tendere” is an Italian word with its root in Latin meaning to stretch out, distend or extend. The gesture implied by the word is an outstretched hand about to act, to tend, to take care. A gesture analogous to the movements of hands that embroider, rub, prick, weave, and twist and sew.
The seven artists selected for Tendere examine the embodied meanings of materiality and process in contexts of personal identity, culture, ecological precarity and mutual contingency.”
The exhibition is curated by Mackenzie Kelly-Frère (AU Arts alum 1998).
TRUCK Contemporary Art (U-HALL Space)
- An inquiry into the ways that we memorialize marginalized victims of murder and genocide, how we can activate memorial spaces to better honour these victims
- Resistance against typical narratives which place the blame on victims of gender and race-based violence, a call for action against this violence
- Analogous trauma, a collective mourning of unjust and violent deaths
- A resilience forged through rage and grief, standing strong in the face of institutional and societal adversaries
Curated by Alicia Buates McKenzie