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2017 Projects

First Things Don't Come First

Fab Film Fest

Durham, ON

July 28 - 30, 2017/p>


First Things Don’t Come First is a video installation based around a site-specific construction thatuses new and recycled materials with video displays and other materials integrated in thestructure.The six artists selected by Native Art Department International offer a unique array of viewpoints on land and landscape, but share a common motif of environment as active participant. Among the locations these artists operate in is Canada, Sweden, Japan, Greenland; many operate from two countries. Video screens deployed along and within the framework of the structure invite viewers to consider placement and location of video works along with what they are showing. Mixed in are common objects and visual motifs that stand in for human activity such as labor,ceremony, and communication, and commerce. What came First, whether it be physical, environmental, spiritual, mythical, cerebral, emotional, or accidental, is the starting point for these videos.


  • Black of Death, Chim Pom, 2013

  • New work by John Rasimus

  • Spirit, Jill McDonald, 2013

  • New work by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil, 2017

  • Aurora, Jennifer Berklich, 2016

  • Kiinamit kiinamut (Face to Face)

  • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, 2016