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Indigenous Art Intensive 2023: Keynote with Dylan Robinson and Artist Talks with Gabrielle Hill and Vanessa Dion Fletcher

June 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


The annual Indigenous Art Intensive gathers artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas rooted in Indigenous art-making.

Join us at the University Theatre on Wednesday, June 14 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM for a keynote address by Dylan Robinson and from 1:30 to 2:30 PM for artist talks and a panel discussion with Gabrielle Hill and Vanessa Dion Fletcher, facilitated by Tania Willard.

About the Artists:

Dylan Robinson is a xwélmexw (Stó:lō/Skwah) artist, curator, and writer, as well as an Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies (2020), a book that examines Indigenous and settler colonial practices of listening. With Candice Hopkins, he is also the curator of Soundings, an internationally touring exhibition with Independent Curators International, that features an ever-growing number of Indigenous art scores and performances. Robinson’s current research examines how public art interpellates the public as settler and Indigenous subjects.



Gabrielle Hill  is a Métis artist and writer. Hill’s sculptural practice explores the history of found materials to enquire into concepts of land, property, and economy. Often, her projects emerge from an interest in capitalism as an imposed, impermanent, and vulnerable system, as well as in alternative economic modes. Her works have used found and readily-sourced materials to address concepts such as private property, exchange, and black-market economies. Hill is a member of BUSH gallery, an Indigenous artist collective seeking to decentre Eurocentric models of making and thinking about art, prioritizing instead land-based teachings and Indigenous epistemologies.



Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse Artist; her family is from Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiitt (displaced from Lenapehoking) and European settlers. She uses porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. Reflecting on an Indigenous and gendered body with a neurodiverse mind, Dion Fletcher primarily works in performance, textiles and video.

She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with an MFA in performance and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2009. She has exhibited across Canada and the USA at Art Mur Montreal, Eastern Edge Gallery Newfoundland, The Queer Arts Festival Vancouver and the Satellite Art show in Miami. Her work is in the Indigenous Art Centre, Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Vtape, Seneca College, Global Affairs Canada and the Archives of American Art.


June 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Additional Info

Room Number
ADM 026
Registration/RSVP Required
Event Type
Arts and Humanities, Culture and Diversity, Indigenous, Student Learning
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students