Tsēmā Igharas

Tribe: Tāłtān
Based In: Vancouver, BC / San Francisco, CA
Email: hello@tsema.ca
Social Media: @tsema_rockmother
Website: tsema.ca

About the Art
My artistic work grapples with the body, my body as it has witnessed material and metaphysical landscapes changing and continually impacted, shaken and consumed by corporate resource extraction. What is important to me in making and presenting my work is to engage with and critique how the value of land and natural resources are created and assessed through Western measures of wealth (social, economic, environmental, power, ownership) and how these types of evaluations impact cultural lifeways in the Canadian wilderness, which is still considered an untapped frontier for natural resources. My praxis is sparked by strategies of Indigenous resistance to neo-colonization, embodied knowledge and everyday acts of decolonization as ways to understand the imaginary Canadian “true North” and industrial reverberations felt by those who live downstream.

About the Artist
Tsēmā Igharas (formally Tamara Skubovius) is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), her studies in visual culture and time in the mountains. She has a Bachelor's degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program at OCADu showing her thesis work, LAND|MINE that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land. She currently a contributing member and representative for ReMatriate Collective. Tsēmā has won the 2018 Emily Award for outstanding ECUAD alumni; has shown and performed in various places in Canada including 2016 and 2018 Montreal Contemporary Native Art Biennial; and internationally in Chiapas, Mexico, Asheville, USA and Santiago, Chile.