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Friday, July 7, 2017 Performance Schedule:
1:30pm Buffalo Boy departs Victoria School (411 11 Avenue SE)
2:00pm Buffalo Boy arrives at Stampede Lunch at Contemporary Calgary
3:30pm Buffalo Boy arrives at Globe Cinema
4:00pm Performance at Globe Cinema
5:00 – 7:00pm Reception at the Globe Cinema
Everybody loves a parade, from the Treaty 7 Chiefs, to Miss Chief Eagle Testicle, every indigenous persons of status is being asked to marshal a parade this year, The Calgary Stampede and the Toronto Pride are being indigenized, celebrating the many traditions, history and local culture of indigenous peoples.
Well not to be outdone, Buffalo Boy herd the ruckus and thought, “I want a parade too!”, hence we announce Buffalo Boy’s Stampede Tick and Slap. Keeping with the traditions of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, Buffalo Boy will convene a band of merry revellers for the first ever, Buffalo Boy parade. The parade will be a part of MST and Contemporary Calgary’s WILD exhibition, it will wind from Victoria Park, to the Contemporary Calgary Pit Stop then onto the Globe Theater for Tick and Slap, a dance party to celebrate our histories of inclusion and exclusion, where Buffalo Boy gets to Tick and Slap you with his/her colonial baton! So come join the fun, march to a de-colonial tune, celebrate yourself and come tickle, slap and dance your colonial blues away!
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation. He has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He considers himself as an interdisciplinary artist; he exhibits nationally and internationally.
His paintings are primarily monochromatic, they primarily depict bison in imagined landscapes, they are melancholic, memorializing, and sometimes whimsical, they evoke ideas cultural fragility, resilience and nostalgia. The British Museum recently acquired two paintings for their North American Indigenous collection.
His performance art looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two Spirit being. Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator are two reoccurring personas. He is also known for putting his body under stress, in White Shame Re-worked, he pierced his chest 7 times, recreating a performance originally done by Ahasiw-Muskegon Iskew, crawled across the desert in 110 degree heat for What about the Red Man? For Burning Man’s The Green Man and recently dug a TRENCH in a five-day durational performance sunrise to sunset.
His installation work primarily examines the residential school experience; he attended three residential schools in his life. He has used the material culture from Old Sun Residential School on his Nation to create works that speak to genocide, loss and resilience.
His photography includes collodion wet plate portraits, performance dioramas and war depictions.
His sculpture work has been primarily collaborative; he has worked with relatives of Murdered and Missing Women to create Bison Sentinels and with the Whitecap Dakota Nation in creating Sprit of Alliance a monument to the War of 1812.
He was a participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, which sent him to Afghanistan.
He was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award –Hnatyshyn Foundation