For this talk which was part of Equinox 2020: Cultivate, Stimson joined us for a live talk on Zoom where he discussed his recent move back to the land where he is growing food, raising chicken and beekeeping, and how it connects with his artistic practice and previous community work.
Adrian Stimson is a renowned interdisciplinary artist, member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. Stimson’s performance work investigates identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman, and Two Spirit being. His installation work primarily examines the residential school experience and speaks to genocide, loss and resilience. He was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), Blackfoot Visual Arts Award (2009), and the Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts (2018). The British Museum recently acquired two of Stimson’s paintings for their North American Indigenous collection. He received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design (now Alberta College of the Arts) and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.