Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon

Whess Harman

2018 Shakaat Artist-in-Residence
Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit’at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.

On-going work in includes beadwork and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; an on-going collection of modified jackets that blend traditional materials with punk and DIY approaches to discuss urban Indigenous identity and understandings of wealth. Their text-based work is also on-going and continually seeks to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in the consumption of Indigenous voices and work.

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