Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 6:00am - 7:00am
Recita Hall October 28, 2009
Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Waynohtêw) is a inter/multidisciplinarity artist living in Toronto. L’Hirondelle’s practice is an investigation of the intersection of Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) and the inter/multidisciplinarity of creative expression inherent in other indigenous, world and youth cultures. As part of this investigation, L'Hirondelle developes performative physical endurances, infiltrations and interventions, site-specific installations, interactive net.art projects [www.ndnnrkey.net] and keeps singing, making rhythm, dancing and telling stories whenever and where ever she can. Cheryl also is part of the acapella/percussion group My Girl, an Aboriginal Women's Ensemble (with Renae Morriseau, Sheila Maracle, Tiare Laporte), still performs with her singing duo Nikamok, backs up (percussion, vocals) Metis singer/songwriter Arlette Alcock and occasionally performs with Metis jigging troupe Compagnie Vni Dansi (Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director). L’Hirondelle was recently appointed as an Associate Researcher with SmartLab, London, UK.
L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Tanya Mars and OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, and Candice Hopkin’s Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at Dak’Art Lab as part of the sixth biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of imagineNATIVE’s Best New Media award for her online net.art projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina.
home page: www.ndnnrkey.net
online cv: www.ndnnrkey.net/lhirondelle
music site: www.myspace.com/cheryllhirondelle