Aanmitaagzi is a professional Indigenous inter-arts company from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario, linked to provincial, national and international networks. Aanmitaagzi combines art making, education, professional development & social activism. We investigate and create contemporary arts in relationship to historic indigenous arts and worldview. Our activities incorporate the Indigenous legacy of intergenerational art-making which engages both artists and community. Aanmitaagzi provides educational, land based, and community focused arts activities by producing arts festivals, dance theatre productions, and projects which activate these historic practices in meaningful ways.
Aanmitaagzi, Anishinaabemowin for He / She speaks, lies at the center of our shared goals. Aanmitaagzi artists bring together their expertise of indigenous knowledge and art-making practice to activate this principal. We carry forward the practice of a familial, community based, art making and Indigenous knowledge transference practice. Our art, stories, and knowledge are created by, for and about individuals, family and community in a multigenerational context. The artist we work with are active in our historic arts and cultural practices and serve many sectors and institutions as cultural resources/consultants. Aanmitaagzi activities are carried out in a meaningful, land based, community focused and culturally relevant manner following their Indigenous laws, customs and practices.
Aanmitaagzi’s core team of professional artists take lead roles in delivering community engaged workshops within their respective disciplines, collaborate with each other including Co-Artistic Directors Penny and Sid as well as Aanmitaagzi’s respective community participants, and participate in the creation and presentation of both woks in progress and final works.
now is the time to see the truth
Aylan Couchie is a multidisciplinary Anishinaabe artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. Though now based in Toronto, she received her BFA with a major in sculpture from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Media Art and Design program at OCAD University where she is pursuing her graduate studies with a focus on Indigenous monument and public art. Her work explores ideas of colonialism, land and First Nation realities and histories from her Two-Spirit, feminist perspective. She’s been the recipient of several awards including “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” through the International Sculpture Center and the Inaugural Barbara Laronde Award from Native Women in the Arts. Most recently, Aylan won a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges and in 2017 will see her largest public art piece yet, raised 70 feet to overlook the City of Barrie.
Reece Terris is a Vancouver based artist practicing large-scale installation, engaging with form and politics related to urban architecture. Typically his work alters the expected experiential qualities of a place, or specific type of architecture through an amplification or shift in the primary function or intent of the original architectural design. Past projects include a six-storey apartment building temporarily installed in the rotunda of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and his work has exhibited across Canada, as well as in Austria, London UK, and America.
Chris Kosloski is a video artist, college professor and filmmaker. A graduate of the Confederation College film program in Thunder Bay, Ontario (1996), he has worked in the film industry for over 12 years as a technician and editor and is now a professor of Digital Cinematography at Canadore College in North Bay. Chris has exhibited a number video art and projection pieces including; “Your Sadness Means Everything to Us” at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery Juried Show 2008, “All Diesels are Turbo” was featured on the video art blog Niche LA in 2013. “Lyceum Projection” was a large scale projection mappingproject which Chris co-created for the City of Thunder Bay in 2014. Chris was recently named a finalist for the 2016 KM Hunter Artist Award. “Proxyscope”, a multi-channel projection/sculpture is being featured at the 2017 Bay Street Film Festival.
Andrew Ackerman is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans the disciplines of sculpture, installation and ceramics. His current investigation Andrew Ackerman is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University, where he has taught courses in sculpture/installation, drawing, painting, and directed studio research since 2007. He served as Chair of the department in 2010, as well as from 2014 to 2017. Prior to his academic career, Andrew worked at MST Bronze Art and Design Studios in Toronto as an artist technician, creating large-scale bronze sculptures and completing conservation and restoration work. He maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited his work extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Andrew has also completed several public and private sculpture commissions throughout Ontario. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, 2002, and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art, 2005.
Frozen Messages for Nipissing