EPISODE 6 – NEWFOUNDLAND
Written and directed by Sonia Bonspille-Boileau
Jordan Bennett is an artist of Mi’kmaq descent whose work blends pop culture and traditional teachings into work that connects the past, the present and the future. Drawing on Mi’kmaq and Beothuk symbols and designs, he is playing an active role in the reemergence of Indigenous culture on the East Coast and across Canada. His tattooing methods include the skin stitch technique using needle and thread, and the hand poke using a single hand-wielded needle. For him, these techniques are tools for bringing to light that which was kept in the dark for too long, allowing Indigenous people to express their pride by uniting their bodies with their culture in a powerful affirmation.
Jordan Bennett is a multi-disciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq descent whose work is derived from a combination of popular and traditional cultural reflections. Through sculpture, digital media, text-based media, installation, painting, endurance performance and other disciplines, he strives to push boundaries and play with ideas of re-appropriation, reclamation, participation and the artifact within traditional aboriginal craft, ceremony, and contemporary culture. By remixing artistic practices, storytelling and creating participatory objects and interactive performance spaces, he aims to form an atmosphere where traditional meets contemporary, shifting preconceived notions on an object or an actions original function or intent.