Current Artist in Residence
On September 10th 2019, Jessica Lynn Wiebe will be beginning here residency with us. She is a Halifax based interdisciplinary artist. A former artillery soldier in the Canadian military, her artwork investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, architecture of war, and the human condition. Through the use of various media she makes work that creates dialogue by engaging and challenging deeply held beliefs and emotions about the military and war. Currently she is a participant of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa.
About the Residency
As part of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP), Jessica was embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Ukraine for eight days at the beginning of December. During this time, she documented the training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Operation UNIFIER. Following this program, she travelled independently of the military to gather additional source material as part of her vision for a larger body of work. Jessica visited significant historical and cultural sites and conducted 21 interviews with military members, politicians, diplomats, journalists, historians, and directors of non-government organizations.
For the purpose of this residency, Jessica will create a series of short videos and sound collages from the audio/visual explorations and research she conducted on-site in Ukraine. This material documents the history of war and how it continues to impact the current political and economic climate in Ukraine and push the war in the east. Jessica will utilize CFAT equipment to edit this media and further experiment with projection mapping, sound, installation, and performance.