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Walking the Talk, 2016

video, no audio, 5:21install view LS
Exhibited at Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, June 4 – August 21, 2016
Curator: Marcie Bronson
Part of the exhibition, The Grass Is Still Green, also including the artist’s garden, The Grass Is Still Green, and 2 digital prints, vinyl text, The Grass Is Still Green.

This is a time of renewal of the Two Row Wampum belt, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Europeans (Dutch) that had its 400th anniversary in 2013. At this time Canada is looking hard at its past and talking about reconciliation with First Nations following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For this video, I recruited participants primarily via social media and on site asked them to self-identify as First Nations or other. We walked the same route on a trail by Twelve Mile Creek below Rodman Hall twice, in the Two Rows and as a group. In both shots the people are moving towards us/the camera until the end. The camera traveled with the Two Row to just past the railway bridge and the group shot was static from the vantage point of that end point. Everyone who was willing stood for a close-up of a set of gestures to their eye, ear and mouth. I used this imagery in a body of work in the 1990s and was inspired to return to it by the idea of the treaty as a spoken and listened to promise that must be honoured, embodied and lived.

Walking the Talk excerpt from Elizabeth Chitty on Vimeo.

With thanks to Merv Wrighton, Ubu Video Productions, camera
and Participants Liv Aspden, Kaidi Bishop, Marie Bowering, Avrie Bowering, Brielle Bowering, Fred Bowering, Warren Buzanko, Molly Cochrane, Aurora Drakeford, Anthony Drakeford, Christian Lange, Brandon Lange, Kayla Lipiec-Braun, Zion Russell, Bryson Tsanoff, Carmyn Wrighton, Mike Zettel

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