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At The Gallery : Love Land / Love Defense by annie ross

July 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - August 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PDT

July 12 – August 11, Massy Arts will host “Love Land / Love Defense: Indigenous Responsibility, Right & Relationship”, a new exhibition by Maya artist, poet and educator annie ross.

This painting exhibition considers certain sacred beings – Land, Water, Earth, and all living beings of our home planet, thinking of love and land defense/defenders, rights and responsibilities.

The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory.

To contact the gallery, send an email to: info@massyarts.com.

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The Show

“I am in Love with a Mountain, a River, Mother Earth, and all of her Beings.”

The pieces presented on this exhibition are from recent paintings, an installation piece, and weaving, speaking to an Indigenous logic, Making as a link to the power of Creation, and life as Ceremony. Our Relationships to Mother Earth, and Her Beings are honored here.

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The Artist

annie grace ross is the daughter of a strong traditional Maya mother, auntie, and WWII veteran father (Sydney Mines, NS). She began education at home with plants, animals, art, Indigenous handwork, storytelling, and history in Compton, California.

annie grace ross is a poet, weaver, sculptor, printmaker, researcher, and educator working with Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. Her poems have appeared in the Capilano Review (Fall 2017, Spring 2022), Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review (September 2017), The Maynard (Spring 2017, Fall 2015), Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2014), Project Intersect Clarion Call (September 2014) and Quills Poetry Magazine (September 2014).

Her work is part of various anthologies including Rachel Roses anthology Sustenance (Anvil Press, 2017) and Turtle Island to Abya Yala: Native American Women’s Poetry Anthology (Malinalli Press, 2011); as well, it has been launched at The National Museum of Animals and Society (Los Angeles 2014).

Her research/creation installation pieces, weaving, photography, printmaking with art/poetry books have been adopted as texts in university teachings Happy Birthday Super Cheaper (2005), Pots and Other Living Beings (Talon Press, 2019). Some People Fall in the Lodge and then Eat Berries all Winter will be out Fall 2022.

Academic style writings include “Don’t Cry, Fight!” (Sunera Thobani, ed. University of Toronto Press, 2022), “Indigenous Bioregionalisms” (Canadian Geographer, with paintings, 2019), and “Our Mother is our Purpose” (American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 2008).

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Love and thanks to all Wild, Sacred, and Good. I especially acknowledge that i live, learn, work with and benefit from the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, Kwikwitlem, and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw First Peoples’ HomeLands.

– annie ross

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July 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm PDT
August 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PDT