Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6 PM – 8 PM
Bead N Bitch
Open beading gathering

“Bead N Bitch” brings us together to use our hands and mouths to bitch about the issues and practice with the community in a “kitchen-table” style gathering. Indigenous artists Nico Williams and Dayna Danger are your top of the line, beading uncles, ready to dish on all the Indian country news. We’ll bring our current projects we’re working on and answer any of your need to know beading questions, virtually, right to your home. We encourage those who attend to read the attached reading, My Conversation with Canadians by Lee Maracle. This will be a starting point for this edition of our Bead N Bitch.

Dayna Danger (they/them pronouns) is a 2Spirit, Metis – Saulteaux – Polish visual artist, organizer and drummer. Danger was raised in Treaty 1 territory, Winnippe, or so called Winnipeg. They are currently based in occupied intionni’tiohtiá:ke, or so called Montreal. Danger holds a MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space Ongoing works exploring BDSM and beaded leather fetish masks negotiate the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Their focus remains on Indigenous and Metis visual and erotic sovereignty. Danger has exhibited their work nationally and internationally in such venues as Art gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB; Art Mur, Berlin; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe and most recently at the National Gallery of Canada with Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel and the Ottawa Art gallery. Danger was featured on the cover of Canadian Art’s June 2018 Kinship cover. Danger has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. Danger served as a board member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA). Danger is an Artist in Residence through Initiatives for Indigenous Futures at AbTeC.

Nico Williams, ᐅᑌᒥᐣ(b. 1989) is a sassy Chippewa, Ojibwa, Ojibway, Ojibwe, Nish from Aamjiwnaang First Nation. He works with Delicas and creates experimental sculptural forms using geometric beadwork. He is an active member in the urban Indigenous Montreal Arts community. He travels the world hunting down and correcting colonial institutions and artists that are not respecting beadwork. His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally, including his recent exhibition Beading Now at La Guilde (Montreal, QC), in which he presented works from 2014-2018. In Fall 2020, Nico will be in an upcoming group exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary.