Jessie Short – Wake Up!

Festivals: M:ST 8 Biennial | October 1 - 26, 2016.


Casa, Lethbridge
Saturday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 12

Untitled Art Society +15 Window, Arts Commons
Reception: November 17, 6:00  – 7:00 PM
Exhibition runs from October 8 – November 30

Artist Jessie Short employs a self-reflexive and interdisciplinary practice to best explore constructs of Métis identity and contemporary visual culture. Her 2015 film, Wake Up! , is an exploration of her identity as a Métis woman. The work addresses the absence of Métis people from larger conversations about Indigenous visual culture. For the film, Short transforms herself into the one of the only widely acknowledged icons and source of Métis identity accessible to her, Louis Riel. This transformation further suggests the disparate histories between Métis men and women.

Jessie Short is an emerging curator, writer/researcher, filmmaker, and performance artist. Her work frequently deals with issues of identity, memory and trauma in response to colonial narratives.

Presented in partnership with Untitled Art Society and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.