Her dance, film and video works and more have crossed stages and galleries locally and across Canada, making it easy to appoint Kemi Craig as Victoria’s Artist-in-Residence.
The Artist-in-Residence program aims to keep art top of mind by demonstrating the possibility for a professional creator to work in collaboration with city staff and the community.
Craig’s tenure will run until November 2024 and will see her develop creative works and projects that increase a few capital projects each year.
Through her lived experience as a woman of African descent, her art uses dance and analog and digital visual technologies to center the experiences of people with racialized and gendered bodies. Craig said she was inspired by black history and Afrofuturism, dance that expresses what we do every day, visual stories and pop cultural production.
“I am excited about the process of creating art and working collaboratively to create performances that share agency with other artists, as well as creating opportunities for audiences to participate by becoming activators and storytellers,” said Craig in a press release. “The opportunity to be the City of Victoria’s Artist in Residence will help me bring art to the public spaces where people find themselves every day. »
After compiling a shortlist, the graduate of Emily Carr University’s MFA program was unanimously chosen by a jury consisting of the city’s Art in Public Places Committee and professionals local arts.
Her goal over the next two years is to create multi-sensory, site-specific installations and performances with community and audience engagement. The city said it fits perfectly with its aim to provide opportunities for interpreting and sharing Victoria’s local history, as well as highlighting innovative artistic experiences that connect technology and creative practice.
Craig’s resume also includes being an educator at several arts organizations in Greater Vicotria, mentoring BIPOC youth, supporting bands such as Coup de Dees and Melanin Magic, being Dance Victoria’s artist-in-residence, and starring in a documentary on local black dancers.
An opportunity to meet Craig and ask questions will be held in the Town Hall lobby at 6:00 p.m. on November 22.
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