About the artistRoseAnne Archibald is an Inniniwuk (Cree) multidisciplinary artist. Her life in politics was ground-breaking for women and youth. She was the first woman and youngest elected Chief of her community at the age of 23, and at 24 years old, she became the first woman and youngest Deputy Grand Chief elected to the Treaty #9 area (Nishnawbe Aski Nation). At 27, she again became the first woman and youngest Tribal Council Chair/Grand Chief elected for the Crees in Ontario (Mushkegowuk Council). After a trailblazing 20-year career in political leadership, she retired to focus on her art practices. Since 2004, she has produced and directed eleven (11) short films and one music video with a number of screenings in North America, including: ImagineNATIVE, Sin Fronteras, Dreamspeaker and the Alternator Gallery. In January 2010, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) bought the rights to broadcast her short film Nishnawbe Aski Police Service: A Sacred Calling as part of their shortcuts program. As well, her co-production with the NAN Decade for Youth Council, titled The Four Directions Project won 'best experimental senior youth' award at the Cowichan Valley International Film Festival. Her films are distributed by Vtape in Toronto and Vivo Media Arts in Vancouver. She is currently 1/3 way through a mixed media series called “Headdress: Appropriation by the Appropriated.” Archibald hopes to complete the series this year and have her first gallery showing in 2018.
I try to deconstruct complex ideas to reach viewers on both a conscious & sub-conscious level. My art practices not only inform each other, they cross-germinate & cross-fertilize.
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