*First Voices Week 2019 Exhibition Callout*

Deadline to Submit: Tuesday January 8th, 2019 at 11:59pm.

All Concordia students are welcome to submit.
The First Voices Exhibition will be held at the VAV Gallery.

Braiding Our Stories

Keywords/Themes to consider: Kinship, Togetherness, Identity, Community, Unity, Histories, Connections, Conversations

This exhibition seeks to bring together Indigenous voices that use storytelling in their artistic practices—as both method and meaning—to explore links between place, culture, kinship, and identity. In her book, “Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts” (2009), Cree scholar Margaret Kovach notes that as Indigenous peoples, “our knowledges cannot be universalized because they arise from our experience with places” (Kovach 2009, 61).  Throughout this show—located on unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation—we seek to create a space that fosters Indigenous cross-cultural storytelling and knowledge sharing. We aim to spark a dialogue that “resists singular/homogenized narratives” of Indigenous identity and instead, emphasizes the interconnectedness of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island through place, practices, and histories (Gualtieri and Homsi Vinson 2018, 8).

We encourage submissions (finished and unfinished) from all Indigenous Concordia students that engage with the theme of storytelling and however artists/artisans/makers/performers may interpret this in their creative practice. Artists/Artisans/Makers/Performers may submit works involving any/all medium(s) (visual, performance, audio, etc.) and approaches. For any inquiries please contact curatorial.fvw@gmail.com.


-You must be enrolled in at least one course at Concordia university during the 2018-2019 academic year in order to submit.

-You may submit work in any medium.

-Students are welcome to submit more than one artwork/project for consideration, however only one submission form may be used.

-Submissions can be of completed work, works-in-progress or can be in the form of proposals for projects such as performances, installations, curatorial experiments, one-night events or anything else!

-All files must be Mac OS compatible, and any linked content (video, audio, et cetera) must be viewable for at least two weeks after the deadline. Please include passwords for password protected content in your Project Statement.

-If you are proposing an elaborate or technically difficult project, consider checking out the VAV Gallery space beforehand and reviewing our Equipment List for Artists. If the equipment you need is not stated on that list, please foresee a way to source your own equipment.

-Submissions will be accepted in either French or English.

-Before submitting, please read our Anti-Oppression Statement.

To Submit:

Click here to access the First Voices Week submissions form.

Email the First Voices Week Exhibition Curators curatorial.fvw@gmail.com or the VAV Gallery vavgallery@concordia.ca if you have any questions!