She’ll show some of her previous work and discuss the creative process behind her most recent film, Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics, about the challenging journey of a precocious Métis baby as she contemplates her path to Hell. Calder’s tour-de-force stop-motion artistry—she designs, builds, animates and composites all her dolls, props, costumes and sets—lays bare the biases of colonial systems and the unfathomable abuse they’ve inflicted upon entire generations. Calder’s Baby Girl carries the enormous weight of those generations on her tiny shoulders.
This talk will be held in English.
Terril Calder attended the University of Manitoba’s Fine Arts Program, graduating with a major in Drawing and a minor in Film. While in Winnipeg, she exhibited her multi-media and performance artwork with the influential Student Bolshevik group and was a member of Video Pool. After moving to Toronto following her studies, Calder became a founding member of the 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art, where she curated visual and performance art exhibitions. Since the 1990s, Calder has lectured and taught art at organizations such as the National Ballet School of Canada, the Toronto District School Board, Art in the Park, the University of Manitoba, Indigenous Roots and imagineNATIVE, and in numerous Indigenous communities in Canada.