Hello from Guanajuato, Mexico!

Luke Parnell in Guanajauto

Did you know that there’s a whole other arm to the VEEPStudents office? You know the Vice-Provost, Students & International (that’s Deanne) to be responsible for virtually all aspects of supporting student success, is also responsible for the international partnerships and programs arm of the university. A strong international reputation, and global partnerships and networks offer innumerable opportunities to enrich students’ learning journeys, and extends the impact of our students’ and faculty members’ research and practice.

To that end, we bring you (on this otherwise dark and gloomy, wet fall day) sunny skies and the glorious colours of Guanajuato, Mexico, where Jennie Suddick, OCAD U’s Manager of International Partnerships & Programs is with Faculty of Art Assistant Professor Luke Parnell at the 2019 Festival Internacional Cervantino   one of the largest arts festivals in the world. Luke is a resident artist at Casa Canada, and Canada is this year’s guest country of the festival. On his rooftop studio, Luke is creating work and will give an artist talk on Saturday, October 19, at 1 p.m. (if you happen to be at the festival).

Luke is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side.  His artistic training is both traditional and classical; he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD U and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His medium is predominantly wood, however his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. Northwest coast Indigenous art is the basis of his practice and praxis, centering on narrative, specifically transformation narratives.

The Casa Canada/Canada House venue, presented by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, features three weeks of immersive visual, literary, and performing arts programming that will deepen audiences’ experiences of Canadian arts and culture.

OCAD University would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of the team at Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico for helping to make this residency possible.