The Earth is my Elder is centred around the film, poetry and installation-based work of artist, poet and earth alchemist Krista Arias. Her work explores the complexities of reconnecting, as a woman and mother, to ancestral homelands, while living as an uninvited guest in Indigenous territories in the USA and Canada. As a member of the Xicana diaspora, Arias' direct connection to Indigenous land, language and culture has been broken over generations of migration arising as necessity from colonial structures. She explains: "My greatest resource in cultural recovery and transmission as a mother, of finding belonging even in the liminal space of home-not-home without traditional Eldership, has been my own body-as-earth connection and awakening."
The exhibition is curated by Toby Lawrence and will be presented in person at the Open Space gallery, 510 Fort St. Gallery hours: 12-4pm, Wed-Sat. Admission is free / by donation. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs with two landings. There are two gender-inclusive washrooms. COVID-19 protocols are in place throughout the gallery; the use of masks is required unless exempt.