Stones as Species
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:30-7:30pm
A program of Rocks, Stones, and Dust
Artist Talk featuring Bonnie Devine and Egill Sæbjörnsson
Two artists from Rocks, Stones, and Dust speak about rocks as living beings. Egill Sæbjörnsson asks “are humans stones that walk and talk?” and Bonnie Devine talks about rocks, radiation, and transformation from an Indigenous artist’s perspective.
Bonnie Devine is a member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron in central Ontario. She is a sculptor, painter, curator, writer, and educator whose work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions that are central to Anishinaabe culture. Formally educated in sculpture and installation art at the Ontario College of Art and Design and York University, her most enduring learning came from her parents and grandparents, particularly her grandmother, Maggie Meawasige. Devine is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. She is the Founding Chair of OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.
Egill Sæbjörnsson is a visual artist and musician born 1973 in Reykjavik. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1999, and since 2007 also works in Rio de Janeiro. Sæbjörnsson’s installations, performances and music pieces have been shown at many acclaimed institutions such as The Museum for Contemporary Art at The Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Baryshnikov Art Center New York, PS1 MoMA, New York, Kiasma Helsinki, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, i8 Gallery Reykjavik, Hopstreet Brussels, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Johann König, Berlin. In 2010 he was nominated for the Carnegie Art Awards. Sæbjörnsson’s installations and performances often consist of animation- and video-projections onto daily objects, sculptural elements or the artist himself.
Egill Sæbjörnsson is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
South Sitting Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Image: Installation view of Rocks, Stones, and Dust, 2015. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.