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Decolonizing the Narrative Conversation Series: John Hampton

John Hampton, photo by Andrew Parry

Decolonizing the Narrative Conversation Series is an online conversation session that invites leading Indigenous Art creators to talk about their practices and processes, facilitated by Janine Windolph, Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre.

The Conversation Series engages an Indigenous lens in the various arts forms of Literary Arts, Film and Media Arts, Digital Media, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts including Theatre, Dance, and Music with Opera, Singer/Songwriter, and Classical Music. Explore and deepen your understanding of how Indigenous artists are using their arts discipline as a tool to decolonize artistic process and creation.

John Hampton

John G. Hampton discusses race and Indigeneity within the Canadian arts ecology; where these concepts started, what we are living through, and where we could go. Hampton will share their experience navigating their Indigeneity while leading a Western cultural institution, touring exhibitions confronting Whiteness in a hostile media landscape, and engaging with evolving decolonization movements in North American museums and galleries.

This session takes place over two days:

Register to Join

March 27:  John Hampton does a presentation of their work.
March 28: Be part of a conversation with John Hampton and Janine Windolph. This second session is the space intended for your questions and comments.

Thank you for joining us!

Sessions may share experiences and ask difficult questions.
These are by registration only and questions and answers will remain unrecorded.

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Meet John Hampton

John G. Hampton (they/them) is the Executive Director and CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery. They are a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, the United States, and Canada, but grew up in—and has spent most of their life in—Regina (Oskana kâ-asatêki). John has previously held positions as Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Artistic Director of Trinity Square Video in Toronto, and Curator at Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre. They hold a Masters of Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Regina. Hampton's recent work looks at intersections of Western and Indigenous epistemologies, Canadian cultural identity, Whiteness, and digital materialism. 

Meet Janine Windolph

Janine Windolph (Atikamekw/Woodland Cree) is the Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre Arts and Creativity. Windolph is known as an Interdisciplinary artist: writer, artist, filmmaker, educator, curator, and storyteller. She has a Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in Indigenous Fine Arts and Media Production from the University of Regina. 

Filmography includes Our Maternal Home (Director/Writer), Stories Are In Our Bones (Director/Writer) Lifegivers: Honoring Our Elders and Children (Director/Writer), The Land of Rock and Gold (Director/Writer/Producer), Ayapiyâhk ôma niyanân “Only us, we are here at home” (Production Mentor/Narrator), From Up North (Producer), The Beacon Project: Stories of Qu’Appelle Valley (Production Support/Storyteller /Producer), and RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies (Co-Director and Co-Producer).

Janine Windolph, Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity