Double publication launch: The Indigenous Artist’s Survival Guide to Art School

Following a successful zine launch at OCAD in Toronto, Laura Grier’s zine The Indigenous Artist’s Survival Guide to Art School will be launched in Montreal at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery. Published by PS Guelph, Grier’s new zine will be launched alongside a publication by Kind of a Collective (Vince Rozario, Lan “Florence” Yee, Mattia Zylak, with a design by Sita Singh) that came out of Yee’s exhibition What Academia has Done to Me. The event will feature a moderated conversation with the authors and light refreshments.

Co-presented by Publication Studio Guelph and FOFA

Laura Grier is a Sahtu Délı̨nę First Nations artist and printmaker, born in Somba ké (Yellowknife), and based out of Alberta. Through the use of traditional print mediums, they instrumentalize the power of the handmade to reflect Indigeneity, language, relational ontologies, and lived experiences of urban displacement and inherent Dene spirituality. Laura’s work is inspired by the dynamism of Indigenous art practices and uses printmaking as a tool for resistance, refusal, and reflexivity. They hold a BFA from NSCADU (K’jipuktuk) and an MFA from OCAD University (Tkaronto) and is a PhD student at York University.

Kind of a Collective (KoaC) is created by Vince Rozario, Lan “Florence” Yee, and Mattia Zylak. Working within artist-run centres, DIY collectives, and their own artistic practices, they recognize people’s active desire to create space for their communities. Having each completed a university arts education, they also recognize that it failed to prepare them for the community-engaged practices they currently pursue. KoaC supports emerging and aspiring collectives by filling in the gaps left by university arts education to better prepare them for the transition from student to community member.