• Krista Belle Stewart

Acts of Erasure: Fatma Bucak / Krista Belle Stewart

Perceptions of heritage, indigeneity, and political identity.

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Acts of Erasure brings the two distinct artistic practices of Fatma Bucak and Krista Belle Stewart into dialogue. This pairing opens space for conversations around political identity concerning land and heritage, methodologies of historical repression and interpretation, and the act and effects of erasure.

Bucak was born in eastern Turkey and identifies as both Kurdish and Turkish, an identity inherently tied to the social realities of border landscapes. Her work expresses a negotiation and interrogation of the ideological and conceptual conditions of these liminal spaces. Stewart is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Nsəlxcin Nation in British Columbia. Her practice draws out personal and political narratives inherent in archival materials, while questioning their articulation in institutional histories.

Despite their very different personal heritages and experiences, both Bucak and Stewart interrogate perceptions of cultural identity, indigeneity, and the notion of the nation-state. Through collaborative, research-focused art practices they probe shared historical constructions and fallacies. Their resulting works present encounters with truths that are both revealing and oftentimes unsettling.

Organized in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Fatma Bucak’s participation is supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto.

Krista Belle Stewart, Truth to Material, 2019 (Installation view), Nanaimo Art Gallery. Photo credit: Sean Fenzl.