distance is a video created on the traditional Musqueam territory on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is the waters that separated my mom who was displaced from Vancouver, as soon as she was born, over to the island, but her location was unknown to my grandmother for decades. This video explores distance in time, distance in space and memory that the waters hold of our history.
Sydney Frances Pickering is a member of Lil’wat nation. She is currently living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Her multi-disciplinary practice includes hide tanning, video, sound, beadwork and poetry. She uses her practice to tell her family’s story, speak about identity and what it is like navigating as an Indigenous person within a colonial society. Her work over the past few years is grounded by her continued connection to land-based material practices.