Unnatural: Collective Resistance (Jacqueline Blanchard)

Jacqueline Blanchard

Jacqueline is an entrepreneur, artist and designer born and raised in Cape Breton. She has been a self-employed designer for 7 years and has recently reignited her art practice. Her work focuses on themes of emotional experiences, spirituality, wellness, nature and gathering. Her work is intended to provoke thinking differently and a collective oneness. She explores the mediums of drawing, painting, digital collage, and illustration.

Unnatural: Collective Resistance

Artist Project

Unnatural: Collective Resistance’ is a series of drawings that explore the theme of resisting to ‘bloom’ or ‘emerge’ as a natural reaction to oppressive forces. Thoughts and worries were collected anonymously from the public and used in these pieces to demonstrate the collective resistance or anxiety that many people feel reemerging after many months of lockdowns and limited social contact. This is an interpretation of how our everyday worries, or more serious anxieties, around existing in an ongoing pandemic are a collective experience and not only individual, though isolation may leave us feeling otherwise.

Land Acknowledgement

With construction still underway in Downtown Sydney, the festival will be hosted at Eltuek Arts Centre for this year. In line with Eltuek Arts Centre's land acknowledgment, we recognize that this festival occurs on the traditional and unceded ancestral territories of the Mi'kma'ki people.

Eymu'ti'k Unama'ki, newte'jk l'uiknek te'sikl Mi'kmawe'l maqamikal mna'q iknmuetumitl. Ula maqamikew wiaqwikasik Wantaqo'tie'l aqq I'lamatultimkewe'l Ankukamkewe'l Mi'kmaq aqq Eleke'wuti kisa'matultisnik 1726ek.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Unama'ki, one of the seven traditional and unceded ancestral districts of the people of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi'kmaq first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Ketu'-keknuite'tmek aqq kepmite'tmek ula tela'maiultimkip wjit maqamikew ta'n etekl mtmo'taqney. Ula tett, ula maqamikek, etl-lukutiek l'tunen aqq apoqntmnen apoqnmasimk aqq weliknamk Unama'ki.

We wish to recognize and honour this understanding of the lands on which we reside. It is from here, on these lands, that we work to create and support a culture of self-reliance and vibrancy on Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).