The main objective of the sound new media project is to resurrect a strong Indigenous presence in the City of Toronto, Canada. The area of land selected for this project was the Humber River Valley, which includes Baby Point and Etienne Brulé Park within the City of Toronto, Canada. This objective was executed through the critical analysis that focused on the Indigenous concealed geographies of the land which have been buried, colonized and hidden. By creating this artwork titled, where white pines lay over the water, I wanted to explore different methodologies in cartography and geography to bring forth different epistemological views. The focus of this artwork has relied on the importance of orality and embodied knowledge that is a part of Indigenous theory, knowledge and praxis.
The intention of this artwork is to grapple with the body, memory and Indigenous knowledge with in a large urban city space such as Toronto. It investigates which bodies are seen, heard and presence in a completing colonial landscape such as Canada. There is a particular ability to view the landscape allowing one to ‘see’ the layers of knowledge buried in the land and to hear the environment, which sings the song of the transformation of time, space and memory. The land has the ability to retain memories of significant value as it has bore witness spanning millennia to the individual events and occurrences that have shaped our surroundings as Indigenous people.
Dr. Julie Nagam carries a joint position of an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg and an Assistant Curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her current SSHRC project includes The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project. Nagam has published, The Occupation of Space: Creatively Transforming Indigenous Living Histories in Urban Spaces (2015); A Home for Our Migrations: The Canoe as Indigenous Methodology (2014); Charting Indigenous Stories of Place: An alternative cartography through the visual narrative of Jeff Thomas (2013) and (Re)Mapping the Colonized Body: The Creative Interventions of Rebecca Belmore in the Cityscape (2012). Nagam’s creative practices include working in mixed media, such as drawing, photography, painting, sound, projections, new and digital media. She has shown work nationally and internationally.