Mirrored In Stone: 'New Chapter' Project Launch
Screening and Panel Discussion

Monday, February 12, 6pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Mirrored In Stone is a collaborative documentary film and artist-residency commission led by Victoria-based Dzawada'enuxw ("Tsawataineuk") artist Marianne Nicolson ('Tayagila'ogwa) with Vancouver-based contemporary-artist filmmaker Althea Thauberger. 

The project takes place in partnership with the non-treaty Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet, BC, including five youth artist/activist collaborators selected from an open call in the Dzawada'enuxw community. It also engages up to 10 guest contributors invited by Nicolson and Thauberger, representing a wide range of creative practices.

Mirrored In Stone is commissioned and produced by Cineworks and comprises a key public launch partnership with the SFU Institute for the Humanities supported by SFU Galleries, and a major exhibition commissioned and curated by The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

This initiative is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Sponsored by the SFU Institute for the Humanities with the support of SFU Galleries.

Territorial welcome by acclaimed Musqueam weaver, Debra Sparrow.


Selected examples of participant activist documentation, media art works and art documentation

Panel Discussion

Principal Artists

Marianne Nicolson ('Tayagila'ogwa), (Dzawada'enuxw/Scottish) visual artist
Althea Thauberger, (Canadian) contemporary-artist filmmaker

Confirmed Guest Artists

Cheryl L'Hirondelle, (Cree/Métis) songwriter, singer and new media artist
Diane Roberts, (Caribbean/Scottish/French) theatre director, writer, cultural animator
Kamala Todd, (Cree/Metis/German-Canadian) filmmaker and urban geographer
Scott Benesiinaabandan, (Anishinabe) animator, intermedia artist
Siku Allooloo, (Inuit/Taino) writer
Wendy Red Star, (Apsáalooke) interdisciplinary artist
William Wasden, (Kwakwaka'wakw) singer, composer, artist

Dzawada'enuxw Artist/Activist Collaborators 

Darryll Dawson
Juliana Speier
Katrina Hopkins (Wolkenatga)
Lindsey Willie
Nabidu Taylor

Discussion Moderator

Jem Noble, (British/Canadian PR) interdisciplinary artist, Cineworks Director of Programs

Territorial Host

Debra Sparrow was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve and is self-taught in Salish design and jewellery-making. She is an acclaimed artist who has been practicing for over twenty years and is deeply involved with the revival of Musqueam weaving. Her Musqueam blankets are displayed at the Vancouver Airport, and at UBC, and her work can be seen in various museums and institutions. For more information, click here

Project Information

Mirrored In Stone emerged from conversations between Marianne Nicolson and Althea Thauberger and their desire to provide both training and a platform for Dzawada'enuxw voices experiencing massive political shifts in defence of their lands and way of life against the ongoing social, cultural and ecological effects of colonization and globalizing economics.

Through 2018 and concluding in Summer 2019, up to 10 participating artist and activists will be hosted at Kingcome Inlet. Guest artists will engage with community members and explore the locality, developing creative investigations and assisting Dzawada’enuxw project collaborators with their own responsive artworks. The overarching documentary film will explore participant projects, guest residencies, conversations and activities, as they address the urgent challenges faced by the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation and investigate vital questions of accountability, communication and positive action. 

Project Partners

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

We refer to ourselves as both the Dzawada'enuxw and the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw. The outside world sees us as four tribes, and the Government of Canada defined us as such. However, we have always been One People. This we know from our Origin Stories, and from generations of intermarriage, co-habitation and respectful shared resource use. The Four Tribes, including the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation, are members of the Kwakwaka'wakw group of nations. The Kwakwaka'wakw people occupy the lower central region of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Our only neighbours and areas of shared territory have been in the Broughton Archipelago. We have a long history of co-operation and intermarriage among the Four Tribes: Dzawada'enuxw, Gwawaa'enuxw; kwikwaasut'inuxw; and, Haxxwa'mis.

For more information, click here.

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society 

Cineworks is a non-profit Artist-Run Centre, supporting independent filmmakers, media artists and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives encompassing production, exhibition, consultation, outreach and advocacy. Cineworks gratefully acknowledges and pays respect to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories our organization and our work is based. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. 

For more information, click here.

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is located at the University of British Columbia, situated on the on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. In keeping with our mission - to explore the ways in which the practice of contemporary art is a form of research that produces knowledge - we present exhibitions of visual and media art, commission artworks, and produce publications. 

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Mirrored in Stone, organized in collaboration with Cineworks, Marianne Nicolson and Althea Thauberger.

Dates: 11 Jan - 7 Apr, 2019
Opening: Thursday January 10th, 6pm

For more information, click here. 

SFU Institute for the Humanities

Now in its fourth decade, the Institute for the Humanities collaborates with a wide variety of organizations within Simon Fraser University, other universities, and in the community at large. In so doing it seeks to accomplish these basic objectives: stimulating student interest and faculty research; demonstrating the irreducibility of humanistic perspectives in understanding some of the most pressing social, economic, political and environmental problems we face; and, above all, engaging the many publics beyond the academy in the city, the province, the country and, indeed, the wider world.

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Mirrored in Stone: 'New Chapter' Project Launch
Monday, February 12, 6 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Unceded Coast Salish Territories