“Blood Memory” is an installation that communicates the reclamation of culture with the Dene drum. Throughout generations the Dene have expressed themselves and sang songs to honour elders, the land, and to pay respect to the loved ones that have passed on.
The Dene drum is something that I started playing three years ago, and have felt that it is what makes me feel my Tlicho culture the most; as if it has been with me my whole life. The music presented in this installation is a personal song of mine and utilizes effects such as delays, reverbs, and choruses to highlight experimentation and spiritual beliefs.
The ceramic tubes have been painted a gloss black, and represent indigenous hair in a gestured braid style, with the drumming and chanting flowing through them; channeled from the spirits above and travelling down to mother earth.
Culture and music are integral to the land we live on and represent, and we make our ancestors proud by continuing to practice, learn and share the wisdom that has been passed on through generations.
Xchanges Gallery Is delighted to host PHOTOTEXTRINUM by Randall McGinnis in its physical space September 4-20, 2020
Randall McGinnis at Xchanges Gallery.
COVID measures are in place. The artist can welcome four visitors to the gallery...