Real Camo


Artist: Tsēmā Igharas
Title: Real Camo, 2021
Archival digital print on Epson Premium Matte paper, 9 x 6 inches
Edition of 20, signed and numbered by the artist

Selected/Curated by Valerie Frappier

This limited edition print is part of a series produced by Critical Distance featuring original artwork by exhibiting artists.


Tsēmā Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Tahltan Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her time in the mountains. Tsēmā's artistic work grapples with the body, her body, as it has witnessed material and metaphysical landscapes changing and continually impacted, shaken and consumed by corporate resource extraction. Her praxis is sparked by strategies of Indigenous resistance to neo-colonization, embodied knowledge and everyday acts of decolonization as ways to understand the imaginary Canadian "true North" and industrial reverberations felt by those who live downstream. Tsēmā holds a Bachelor's degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University (2016), showing her thesis work LAND|MINE that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land. Tsēmā has won the 2018 Emily Award for outstanding ECUAD alumni; is 1/25 2020 Sobey award winners; and has shown and performed in various places in Canada and internationally in Sweden, Mexico, USA and Chile.



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