Pê-mîciso: Marcy Friesen
Capture Photography Festival, April 2 – May 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1st, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
688 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1R1
Fazakas Gallery presents the solo exhibition Pê-mîciso by Marcy Friesen as part of the 2022 Capture Photography Festival. Friesen is of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry and currently resides on a mixed farm with her family near Carrot River, Saskatchewan. She comes from a long line of traditional master beaders, and for Friesen, beadwork is about ancestral memories, family, and community. In this exhibition, beadwork is photographed as a cultural belonging. The work both honours and departs from its traditional symbolic representation, responding directly to Indigenous community and personal experience.
Pê-mîciso (Cree language: come eat) is about the consumption of bodies, love, loss, sources of life, and decoloniality. This lens-based solo exhibition features two series of photographs by artist Marcy Friesen: Legacy (2021-2022), comprising 12 portraits, and Pê-mîciso (2020-2022).
The exhibition provides an embodied experience in which visitors will encounter photographic series on two separate spatial dimensions: vertically and horizontally, simulating a supper setting. The viewer is invited to partake in an act of visual consumption, and a question is pointed: who or what is being consumed in this supper – Food? Body? Nature? Cultural symbolism? Ancestral imagery? And, who are the consumers?
Artwork by Marcy Friesen
Photographer: Susan Stewart
Marcy Friesen is of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry and currently resides on a mixed farm with her family near Carrot River, SK. She comes from a long line of traditional master beaders and talented creative family members. Marcy has always felt the need to create and started her career with her Trapline Creations business where she makes utilitarian pieces such as mitts and mukluks. After visiting the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, she changed her focus to creating “useless” pieces of art. Marcy now uses beads, leather, and furs in new and exciting ways to open discussions on mental health issues. Her piece Muskrat Tears was included in Montreal’s Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) from April to June 2020, and two of her beaded COVID-19 masks were on view at the Whyte Museum in Banff, AB from September 24, 2020 – January 17, 2021.