From the Moon to the Belly

 

FUSE 35-2/States of Postcoloniality/NORTH/PROJECT

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield

From the Moon to the Belly is a seven-card limited edition digital collage postcard project and socio-cultural exchange between Maria Hupfield and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. This project is about asserting control, overcoming stereotypes and traveling spirits. The project moves forward with new and old imagery beyond the parody of representation that exists for Indigenous people in North America. By inviting viewers to use and mail the cards, we further foster exchange across all boundaries.

Each copy of the print edition of FUSE 35-2 States of Postcoloniality/NORTH contained one of the seven postcards.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is an uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask) dancer, a storyteller and a poet. She is a Kalaaleq (Inuk) based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Uaajeerneq is enshrined at the hearth of Greenlandic performance: a clownish dance that is highly sexualized, frightening and hilarious. It teaches children about panic, adults about boundaries—or the lack thereof—and examines the limits of human experience in the unknowable immensity of the universe. Bathory published in an anthology of Canadian poetry Pith and Wry (2010), and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Psychiatry at McGill University.

 Maria Hupfield is Lady Moonrider, a silver suited time traveler. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Hupfield explores universal conditions, locating the body as a site of resistance and agency through the use of actions, objects and images. Her work is currently on display in Beat Nation (Vancouver Art Gallery). In 2011, she participated in The Big Draw held at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (New York), and her work was featured in the winter edition of BlackFlash Magazine. Hupfield has an upcoming residency at the Museum of Art and Design (New York) for the exhibition Changing Hands III. A graduate of the MFA program at York University, Hupfield holds a BA Specialist in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She is a member of Wasauksing First Nation (Ontario).

FUSE 35-2/NORTH can be procured from Qaggiavuut! Society for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre (Iqaluit, NU), as well as our regular retail locations.
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