CLIENT #RESIDENCY: Barry Ace at OCAD U for Nigig Residency
Barry Ace (www.barryacearts.com) has wrapped up his residency at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto. His residency began with a Buffalo Stew Lunch and Artist Talk which I was fortunate to attend. Over the years, I have appreciated his gift as a storyteller and always experience another layer to his work each time I hear him speak.
The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD U, provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit the university for a three-to-four week period to focus on a short-term project and explore – in a collaborative environment – issues impacting their work. The visiting artist engages and interacts with students and faculty in the capacity of mentorship, critique, lecture and a public workshop/demonstration.
During the residency Barry completed the multi-media work How can you expect me to reconcile, when I know the truth?. The work is a commemoration piece for those children lost at residential schools. Their presence is evoked by the beaded mesh wrapped around the antique molds for children’s shoes. The work is a poignant reminder of the loss of generations of Indigenous youth.
View more images of the work on Barry’s website.