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First Nations’ new wave taking art to the edge

By Lyla Miller

Aboriginal artists gathered at an Ottawa conference this weekend are leaving tradition behind as they create erotic fiction, digitally altered photographs and provocative television programs — inviting challenges from within and outside their communities.

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, an Anishnaabe writer, editor and publisher, spoke about why she decided to publish Without Reservation, a collection of aboriginal erotica. “I thought, I’m inundated with all these images of aboriginal people whose sexuality comes from a place where we’re seen as victims, and that keeps getting perpetuated over again,” she said. “We’re trying to heal … and I think one way to do that is to present other images and to allow people to embrace that side of themselves.”

Read the original article at: The Ottawa Citizen

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