Hazelton Arts Space
This is a long-term project to establish a northwestern hub for creative and scholarly exchange and professional development in the arts. Located in the historic community of Hazelton, it currently features a multifunctional, fully-accessible community arts space. Future phases will include developing a commercial kitchen, community studios and artist residency. Click to read more.
My current research examines the material history of aluminum and environmental injustices and economic inequities built into the supply chain. In particular, I focus on the case of Guinea, which remains one of the poorest countries in the world despite housing the largest global deposits of a mineral that transformed modern society. Please click here to read more.
Extraction: Art at the Edge of the Abyss
I am one of many participants in this multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention that investigates the extractive industry in all of its forms (from mining and drilling to the reckless exploitation of water, soil, trees, marine life, and other natural resources). The project will expose and interrogate extraction’s dangerous social and environmental consequences, from the damage done to people, especially indigenous and disenfranchised communities, to ravaged landscapes, poisoned water and climate change. Read more.
My third book of poetry (forthcoming from University of Regina Press in 2021) interrogates early nineteenth-century settler-colonialism in Canada and South Africa. Colonial Europeans, whose descendants form a significant proportion of the population of both countries, shaped the troubled histories of these two nations and gave shape to contemporary understandings of land and identity that are often knotty. My poetic project asks several questions of colonial histories: How can we revisit and thoughtfully investigate our memories and narratives of the past? What are the larger stories of dispossession and displacement that ripple through our colonial past? How might the legacy of these repeated cultural traumas be transformed? The book draws on my year of research in South Africa examining the history of apartheid, nine months in Scotland delving into the histories of the Highland Clearances, and five weeks at the Al Purdy A-Frame in former Upper Canada researching settler histories and narratives.