Ursula Johnson and Jordan Bennett
Banff, Alberta/Halifax, Nova Scotia
L’nuk, Mi’kmaw for ‘the people’, is a travelling endurance performance piece created in collaboration between artists Jordan Bennett and Ursula Johnson while in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2010. Bennett’s space is lively, yet intentionally referential to the stereotypical perception of Indigenous cultures. Johnson’s space is more contemplative and quiet, filled with natural materials traditionally used in Mi’kmaw and other Indigenous cultural practices. Meaning in the work is developed through the juxtaposition of these spaces, aiming to create awareness on how challenging it can be for young Indigenous peoples to find information about their own identities and cultural histories.