Cody Tolmie's MFA Defence: An Experience of Uplifting Terror

Friday, December 1, 2023 | 2:30 PM
Room 4390 – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

I began my research at the St. Mary’s Residential School that my family attended. I was seeking to understand myself in relation to my family history. As a contemporary Xwelmexw person I sought to learn about this place as a place of disconnect while still being present in our territory of S'ólh Téméxw.

While on the grounds of the former St. Mary’s I felt completely weird. In trying to understand this experience, my research has led me to learn about ideas of the indigenous gothic. While there are some overlaps between other forms of non-indigenous gothic theory, in these examples indigenous people are often represented in the background of settler experience, or as a part of a haunting, as a monstrosity, part of the settler-shame or an aspect of the uncanny in nature. However, in my artwork I hope to show my lived gothic experience.

December 01, 2023