CHASE BUNTROCK & ALEX GIBSON


  • Project 001

    Dance and Video

  • Project 002

    Screen Shot from Video

  • Project 003


    Screen Shot from Video

This artwork challenges the pervasive illusion of duality that colonial society often seeks to instill in us. Instead, It emphasizes our inherent interconnectedness, interdependence, and kinship with all living beings. It dismantles the individualistic mindset that disconnects us humans from each other and the natural world. Like all other beings, we are born from Mother Earth, and we will ultimately return to her embrace. 


This piece depicts the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen, also known as the opening address, which is meant to be recited to unite us in one mind. Here it is depicted in a circle and repeated 7 times to represent the seven generations. This piece is meant to serve as a reminder for us to take time to connect with gratitude and remember our responsibility in the reciprocal relationship we have with all living things and our connection to the land. It is to unite us in one mind, a collective consciousness of love and gratitude, and our responsibility every day to build a bright future for the next seven generations.  


The rings also represent time. The faded rings are to show the effects of colonization. The last ring is bigger and brighter to show that even after that hardship we are still here, strong, and thriving.    


The Icons read top left to right as: Human Life, Mother Earth, Water, Fish, Medicine Plants, Garden Food Plants, Berries, Trees, Animals, Birds, Four Winds, Grandfather Thunder, The Sun, Grandmother Moon, The Stars, The Four Sacred Beings, Our Creator, Anything we may have forgotten, you want to add or are feeling particularly thankful for today.    but also to showcase our strength and resilience and to celebrate the fruits of it: our beautiful culture and People’s survival.  

Artist Bio

NAME: Alex Gibson

PREFERRED PRONOUNS: they/them

EMAIL: alex.nicholas.gibson@gmail.com

HANDLE :


Alex Gibson is a queer, non-binary Barbadian artist, and MFA candidate at the

The University of British Columbia, whose practice explores transgressive queer identities in

relation to their Caribbean background. As an immigrant genderfluid artist, their practice

focuses on queer identity, queer space and queer temporality and how these relate to

memory and place, time and geography, experience and ecosystem. Their work has

been exhibited at Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver), Wil Aballe Art Projects

(Vancouver), Tomato Mouse (New York), Number 3 Gallery (Vancouver), Caribbean

Fine Arts Fair (Bridgetown, Barbados), Artists Alliance Barbados (Bridgetown,

Barbados), RBC Media Gallery (Vancouver). Gibson currently lives and works in

Vancouver, BC, on the stolen and ancestral lands of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam),

Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish) and səl ̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.


INTERVIEW:



ET: What are you reading right now?

AG: Game of Thrones / whatever theory my professors throw at me.



ET: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

AG: Yesterday



ET: What do you collect?

AG: Vintage fantasy + sci-fi novels, kitschy ceramics, orchids, pokemon cards (first gen,

water type only), zines, art.



ET: What is your go-to karaoke song?

AG: Linger by The Cranberries



ET: Do you believe that solitude is necessary for an art practice

AG: 100%