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Beading with Dayna Danger

Saturday, May 28, 2022
 | 12:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm 
 | Free

Join MOCA for an intimate look into the artistic practice of Dayna Danger. Danger (they/them) is a Two-spirit, Indigiqueer, Métis-Saulteaux-Polish, visual artist, hide tanner, drummer, and beadworker. Danger’s art practice is an act of reclaiming space and power over society’s projections of sexualities and representation. This transpires in Danger’s art through their intentionally large-scale images that place importance on women-identifying, Two-Spirit, transgender, and non-binary people.

Danger will be onsite from 12:00-3:00 pm exhibiting their beadworking practice.

*Please note that visitors are invited to engage with Danger and learn more about their art and process, and that this programme is not a tutorial or workshop for Indigenous beadwork practices.

Biography
Boošoo, aaniin, Dayna Danger ndizhnikaas, Métis -Saulteaux ndow. Wabyska muckwa ndodem. Ningābī’anong Miiskwaagamiwiziibiing ndōnjī. Wābnong Tiohtiá:ke/Mōniyāng nōgom daya. Mīgwetch diked Unceded Kanien’kehá:ka nibabāmādiz, minawā chi’odaminwān gaye anokī-an omā aki.

Dayna Danger is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Mōniyāng, or so-called Montréal and is a recipient of the Quebec Longlist for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space. Danger’s art uses symbolic references to kink communities to critically interrogate visibility and rejection. Danger centers Kin and practicing consent to build artworks that create a suspension of reality wherein complex dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power are exchanged.

Ongoing works exploring BDSM and beaded leather fetish masks negotiate the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Their focus remains on Indigenous and Métis visual and erotic sovereignty. In 2021, they began a doctorate at Concordia University that focuses on hide-tanning stories and bush skills, culture camps, passed on from their Saulteaux great-grandmother, Madeline McLeod (Campbell).

Image: Dayna Danger Photo:MC 2020