Red vs. The Institution
Teleporting from room to room, equipped with white camouflage and a plastic toy bow and arrow; RED – a contrarian Windigokan comes face to face with their greatest challenge yet: navigating a colonial institution. Through exaggerated movement, mirroring and reverse reactions, RED embodies a contrarian methodology which serves to critique/reveal the colonial underpinnings of everyday life. In a series of silent short black and white vignettes following RED, they face off against flying plinths and Emily Carr herself, while an unseen surveillance entity tracks their every movement throughout the school.
Red Buffalo Nova Weipert (he/him/them) is an Anishinaabe Ojibwe Two-Spirit and transgender interdisciplinary artist, writer, director, and storyteller. Nova is a proud and enrolled member of the Pinaymootang First Nation on Treaty 2 lands and is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nova’s contrarian methodology and interdisciplinary approach to their artwork weaves together a multiplicity of digital and traditional mediums such as video, photography, sound, illustration, beading, performance, and storytelling. They are a long time collaborator with Access to Media Education Society, and their filmwork has screened at festivals such as imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival—and have performed storytelling events across Canada.
Red Buffalo Nova Weipert’s work oscillates between the traditional, ancestral lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations and Treaty 1 lands.