BEAR WITNESS
Birth name:
BEAR WITNESS
Birthplace:
Cayuga First Nation, Ottawa-based

“installation shot from “Decolonize Me” exhibition at Foreman Gallery, 2013″

KEY WORDS: Media artist – video mixing and DJ (member of Tribe Called Red)

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BEAR WITNESS Bear Witness (Cayuga) is an Ottawa-based media artist who has been producing short experimental videos for over eight years. He explores stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples in North American media and popular culture and re-edits them into new narratives representing his experiences as an urban Aboriginal artist. In 2008, his video BrokeDickDog was included in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits of Aboriginal Artists hosted by the National Gallery of Canada. Witness also exhibited two videos as part of Drive By: A Road Trip with artist Jeff Thomas at the University of Toronto Art Centre. Witness’ video The Story of Apinachie and her Redheaded Wrestler was selected for the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival as part of the Culture Shock program. In 2009, he was awarded the Aboriginal International Residency Exchange in Australia by the Canada Council for the Arts. During his residency at Parramatta Artists’ Studios he had a solo exhibition as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival titled, The Only Good NDN. In 2010, Witness collaborated with the National Film Board on a video project to remix films from the NFB archive. Most recently, he exhibited a new video installation, In the Cut: A Video Mix-Tape, at the Urban Shaman Gallery. Witness also produces live audio-visual performances and co-founded A Tribe Called Red, a native DJ collective who produce music internationally known as Pow Wow-step and hosts a monthly event called Electric Pow Wow. BIO SOURCE: http://www.aboriginalmusicweek.ca/artists/display,artist/23/bear-witness

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