Collab believes in breaking down boun-daries, in creating a dialogue with the‘Other’ that challenges and expandsperceptions of our current world.
We need art that embraces and celebratesdifferent points of view.
COLLAB IS A VIRTUAL REALITY ART LABORATORY. EACH SEASON, WE INVITE ARTISTS FROM TWO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, BACKGROUNDS, AND ETHNICITIES AND ASK THEM TOCOLLABORATE ON UNIQUE PIECES OF ART IN VR AROUND A SINGLE THEME.
Divided into 6 chapters, each artist is given a blank canvas of 180 degrees and a mandate to create a holistic piece with their collaborator. When combined in VR, the two ‘sides’
become a single 360 degree piece of art with the user at its center.
Each chapter takes the user through unique spaces, images, landscapes and soundscapes; the journey is one of contemporary experimentation mixed with the traditions, lands, and
Marcela is a filmmaker and photographer based in Bogota, Colombia. She dedicates her life to making documentary films and new media projects which tell stories about people who live in remote and isolated places.
THE AMAZON AND THE INGA PEOPLE
Language: Quichua inga
Yurayaco (clear waters) is located at the foothills of the Andes and the Amazon basin, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The Inga people are descendants of the Incas, the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, who established their northernmost frontier in this region, leaving behind a legacy of commerce and a nomadic way of life. Shamanism is very important to the Inga, who use medicinal plants, such as Ambihuasca or Yage in their spiritual traditions and ceremonies.
After Spanish colonization, a boom in the trade of Quina bark and rubber began. This was followed by Catholic missionaries who occupied the region in the XIX century, both of which generated huge changes for the Inga and their culture. For the last 60 years, the Inga have been vulnerable to mining, coca crops and drug trafficking, and the illegal presence of armed forces such as FARC and paramilitary, which have had enormous social and cultural impacts on their way of life. Today, these indigenous communities, guardians of this Amazon territory, resist the disappearance of their culture and language.
Waira is a community leader, Inga educator, and singer from Yurayaco, Caquetá (west of the Amazon region) in Colombia. She is a community activist and believes in the transformative power of art and education.
Celina is a singer, visual artist, mother, and Inuktitut educator. Originally from Resolute Bay, one of Nunavut’s more remote communities, Celina now lives in Iqaluit with her family.
NUNAVUT AND THE INUIT
Official language: Inuktitut
Nunavut (Our Land) is Canada’s newest territory. It was established in 1999 to give the Inuit, who have occupied the land for a millenia, decision making power over Nunavut’s land and resources. Traditionally the Inuit were nomadic, highly skilled fishers and hunters. Today the Inuit still hunt whales, walruses, seals, polar bear, caribou, muskoxen, birds, and fish, and gather plants which grow naturally in the wild such as grasses, tubers, roots, stems, berries, and seaweed.
From 1876 to the closing of the final residential school in 1996, Inuit (and First Nations) communities throughout Canada were torn apart by the Residential School System, which relocated children from their families, depriving them of their ancestral languages and traditions, forcing them to speak English and French, and exposing many of them to abuse. Though the Residential School System has ended and more is being done to support language and cultural preservation, its intergenerational impact continues to this day.
Today, Inuit in Canada stand at the forefront of the fight to protect their arctic territory from the exploitation of its natural resources.
Lorraine is a writer, filmmaker, and mother of two based in Montreal, Quebec. Originally from California, but raised in Nova Scotia, Lorraine has spent her life roaming North America from its urban centers to untamed wildernesses.
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