About the Artists
Camille Turner is a Jamaican-born, Toronto-based media/performance artist and educator. She is the founder of Outerregion, a company that produces intercultural exchanges and dialogue.
Turner has presented interventions, installations and public engagements throughout Canada and internationally. Her current focus is bringing hidden and erased histories to life through place-based explorations. Examples include HUSH HARBOUR and The Resistance of Peggy Pompadour, sonic walks that animate historic Toronto’s Black geographies; TXTilecity, an award-winning educational app that maps Toronto through its textile histories (created in partnership with Year Zero One and [murmur] and produced by Textile Museum of Canada); and TimeWarp, an Afrofuturist cellphone adventure in which participants use their smartphones as time machines in order to experience the future or past. Turner’s current project engages historians, archivists and citizen researchers to help recover the stories of enslaved people.
Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a mixed-blood multi- and interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator. Her creative practice investigates the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space.
L’Hirondelle’s performance work is featured in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001). In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at DAK’ART Lab as part of the sixth edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal. L’Hirondelle is a recipient of imagineNATIVE’s New Media Award and is an Honoree in the Net.Art category from the Webby Awards for nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land). Since 2008, she has been working as co-composer on Why the Caged Bird Sings, a series of songs with incarcerated women, men and detained youth in federal prisons, provincial correctional institutions and civic detention centres.
LandMarks2017 brings together educational institutions, curators, artists and students from across the country to engage in a multifaceted dialogue about Canada resulting in the installation of public artworks in Parks Canada sites and in an on-line platform. Responding to the themes of five national curators, students will engage with diverse issues such as: concepts of nature, postcolonial issues of nationhood, narratives of identity, community and citizenship, ontologies of landscape and public parks as socio-cultural spaces of collective memory and expressions of power. Drawing upon Indigenous epistemologies that consider, respect, and map land acknowledgments, various methodologies will be employed.
LandMarks 2017 is a new and unique course offered in the Art and Art History Program that will run from September 2016 to April 2017. The course is structured around the LandMarks network of collaborative, contemporary art projects to take place in Parks Canada places during the 150th year of Canadian Confederation.
The course leans toward a decentralized approach to focus on land, peoples, communities and utilizes art to instigate new ways to understanding the roles and representations of landscape in contemporary art. LandMarks 2017 [Advanced Project FAS450Y] will be a full year credit course involving the research and production of art by a class of students from the joint Art and Art History program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. The goal of the course is the production of individual works and collaborative projects which will culminate in participation in a national exhibition from June 10 to June 25, 2017. The estimated class size is five to eight students and enrolment is capped at 10. The class will meet once a week.