7 episodes

 In With Opened Mouths: The Podcast Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa sits down with artists, musicians, curators and spoken word poets to discuss the expression of their practice. How did they find their artistic voice? Which life-events shaped them and who are their inspirations? Catch With Opened Mouths: The Podcast for some moving and inspiring conversations.

With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022.

   Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/ With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with CFRC 101.9 FM. This limited series podcast is released monthly.       The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

   Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.     The series is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Queen’s University and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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 In With Opened Mouths: The Podcast Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa sits down with artists, musicians, curators and spoken word poets to discuss the expression of their practice. How did they find their artistic voice? Which life-events shaped them and who are their inspirations? Catch With Opened Mouths: The Podcast for some moving and inspiring conversations.

With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022.

   Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/ With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with CFRC 101.9 FM. This limited series podcast is released monthly.       The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

   Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.     The series is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Queen’s University and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    Bantering toward radically liberated futures

    Bantering toward radically liberated futures

    Jason Cyrus, Ezi Odozor and Qanita Lilla talk together about the creative processes of curating, researching and writing in the Canadian arts sphere. Sharing the enriching journeys around Agnes’s exhibitions Spirit Banter, History Is Rarely Black or White and With Opened Mouths, this episode is about the urgency to have our voices heard, the joy of community and the pain of blood memory. If you’ve ever been confronted with White institutional ‘quick-sand’, struggled with intergenerational trauma, and wondered how to work joyfully in a hostile creative field this one is for you!

    Meet our guests:

    Jason Cyrus analyzes fashion and textile history to explore questions of identity, cultural exchange and agency. He is the 2021 Isabel Bader Fellow in Textile Conservation and Research at the Agnes Etherington Centre, Queen’s University. This October he will present his research in History Is Rarely Black or White, an exhibition exploring Victorian cotton, slavery, and its ongoing legacies. 

    Cyrus has a Master’s Degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University and starts his PhD in the History of Art at Warwick University in October 2021. He has held research posts at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. In January 2020, he curated York University’s first fashion exhibition, ReFraming Gender.

    Cyrus currently lives on land that has been the home of numerous Indigenous Nations, including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabek, and most recently the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

    Ezi (Ezinwanne) Odozor is a Nigerian-born writer, student support specialist, and anti-racist practitioner based in Toronto. Her work, both fiction and non-fiction, focuses on themes of identity, culture, gender, race, health and intimacy. Her writing has also been showcased in multiple exhibits, most notably in Oluseye’s “A Room Full of Black Boys,” which was featured on CBC.

    Find more details on their exhibitions at Agnes: 

    Spirit Banter: Ezi Odozor (on view 27 November 2021–30 January 2022): https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/spirit-banter-ezi-odozor/ 

    History Is Rarely Black or White (on view 27 November 2021–20 March 2022): https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/history-is-rarely-black-or-white/

    With Opened Mouths (on view 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022): https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/   

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3r3nh87 

    The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Embracing Synergies in Other Worlds

    Embracing Synergies in Other Worlds

    Curators and artists, Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short talk with Qanita Lilla about the many joys of collaborating. Their expansive practice embraces new visions of Métis identity and looks to broaden our view of reality to the outer limits of the known universe. Which unseen forces led them to art and to each other? What keeps them connected? 

    Meet our guests:

    Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, Treaty 6 territory currently living on unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia. Through mediums such as animal hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance, and tattooing Malbeuf explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in over forty shows at such venues as Art Mûr, Montréal, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; and Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand. Malbeuf holds a Native Cultural Arts Instructor Certificate from Portage College and a MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

    Jessie Ray Short is an artist, filmmaker and independent curator of Métis, Ukrainian and German descent.  Jessie Ray’s practice involves uncovering connections between a myriad of topics that interest her, including, but not limited to, space and time, Indigenous and settler histories, Métis visual culture, personal narratives, spiritual and scientific belief systems, parallel universes, electricity, aliens and non-human being(s). Jessie Ray explores these topics using mediums such as film and video, performance art, finger weaving, sewing, writing and curating. She has been invited to show her work nationally and internationally, including at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City, Art Mûr Berlin (a satellite exhibition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial/BACA) in Germany, and at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. Jessie Ray is deeply grateful to be based in oskana kâ-asastêki or Pile of Bones (also known as Regina) in Treaty 4 territory. 

    Find more details on their exhibition Lii Zoot Tayr (Other Worlds) on view at Agnes from 7 August 2021–30 January 2022: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/other-worlds/ 

    With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/   

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3rOmetc 

    The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    • 47 min
    Soak Black Worry in a Bath of Black Laughter

    Soak Black Worry in a Bath of Black Laughter

    In this episode, Kingston raised spoken word poet Britta B. talks to Qanita Lilla about navigating a White world while growing up Black. Writing and performing was a necessary part of surviving the world Britta found herself in. She talks about the people and networks who helped her to hone her powerful voice and how her current work that focuses on issues of social justice motivates younger poets to find and express their own creativity.

    Meet our guest: 

    Britta B. is an award-winning artist, poet, voice actor, and educator. In 2021, she won the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and was named COCA Lecturer of the Year.  Britta holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently working toward her debut collection of poetry.  She lives in Toronto with her husband and dog. 

    Find Britta B. online: http://brittab.com/ 

    With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://bit.ly/3hg85ix 

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3tuSeSk 

    The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    • 45 min
    Intimate Recollections of Black Lives

    Intimate Recollections of Black Lives

    Artist Oluseye’s sculptural Eminado or talismans reside within an inner chamber of With Opened Mouths. In this episode, he talks with Qanita Lilla about his enduring ties to Africa, to black rubber and to things that give both pleasure and pain. Oluseye’s “diasporic debris” are not only the generative materials used to conjure Black journeys but are also symbolic of his broader artistic practice.

    Meet our guest: 

    Oluseye’s work embraces the magnitude and polyvocality of Blackness and the ways in which it moves across space, place, and time, shaping and shifting the world. Centering Yoruba cultural references, he bends the ancestral with the contemporary and rejects the binary distinction between the traditional and the modern; the physical and the spiritual; the past and the future; what is new and what is old. He imbues everyday objects with the mythic in an attempt to reinforce African rituals and philosophies as living, complex, and valid traditions of the human consciousness. He has exhibited at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Patel Brown and is debuting a new body of work at  MOCA, Toronto which is on until January 2022. 

    Find Oluseye online: http://www.olu-seye.com/

    With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://bit.ly/3hg85ix 

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3oZebZa 

    The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    • 35 min
    Our Journeys Are Our Stories

    Our Journeys Are Our Stories

    In episode three, Sebastian de Line, Associate Curator Indigenous Care and Relations at Agnes speaks with Qanita Lilla. They speak of life’s journeys and of what led Sebastian on their current path. What becomes clear is that one single path is not part of Sebastian’s life-trajectory. The tapestry of their life shows the importance of cultivating technical skill and competency, but more importantly, it is about recognising what you love and using it to find your place in the world.

    Meet our guest:

    Sebastian De Line (he/they) is an artist and an Associate Curator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Alongside this, Sebastian also works as a Teaching Fellow for the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University. His/their doctoral research focuses on the manufacturing of Capitalist values and economies that transform agential Indigenous and racialized Ancestors into labouring “objects” of extraction, accumulation and consumption determined by acquisition criteria within museum collections. Publications include the Journal of Visual Culture and Junctures. 

    With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://bit.ly/3hg85ix 

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3E1qE3A 

    The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    • 57 min
    The Art of Black

    The Art of Black

    In the second episode, Qanita Lilla speaks with rapper and social activist, Jameel3DN. Jameel is the artist behind the incredible song, “The art of Black,” composed for With Opened Mouths: The Podcast. They speak about his life journey, of overcoming intergenerational obstacles, of developing his voice as a Griot (storyteller) and of reaching an understanding of the collective good.

    Listen to “The Art of Black” in its entirety here: https://bit.ly/3AXz1Lx

    Song lyrics: https://bit.ly/3genHTe

    Meet our guest:

    Raised in Toronto’s west end, Jameel3DN discovered solace through storytelling at a young age. His Jamaican background instilled in him the importance of “feeling” in the performance arts. It is something he has carried with him closely while making music throughout his career. What began as an outlet for jotting down the on-goings of each day as a child, transitioned into poetic stanzas that unveiled the observations and life lessons of adulthood.

    Holding nothing back, Jameel3DN’s rhymes are candid spitfire tales of his experience as a black man. He takes listeners on a ride as he sheds light on the obstacles he has faced that are often tied to the color of his skin. His last four projects was a four part series called “Letters Form Words Speak” . The tetralogy of projects invites you to take a journey with him through his most trying experiences. Though he doesn’t come out the other end unscathed, he is a better man for it.

    As a father of three kids, the emcee understands the weight of his words, and uses them to share messages that encourage personal and communal elevation rather than conformity, especially within the Black community. Flipping through to the next chapter Jameel3DN has faith in the path he’s chosen and wants his music to be received with an open mind and a clean heart. 

    Find Jameel3DN online: https://www.instagram.com/jameel3dn/ 

    With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/   

    Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3m1VHWy 

    The podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 

    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.  

    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez. 

    The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

     

    • 40 min

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