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Support your artist-run centreRESIDENCYSummer Residency
Chris Dufour
1 July – 18 August 2024

Oxygen Art Centre is delighted to welcome Chris Dufour as artist-in-residence from July 1, 2024, to August 18, 2024. 

Concerned about the ways that relationships get built or cast aside with ecologies altered by industry, during their residency Chris will be researching material practices in connection with the deforested cut block. 

Chris will be utilizing plant-based dyes, plant-photo developers, quilting, printmaking, and social practice to gather around what it might mean to care for the remnants of extractive industries. During the residency Chris host open studio gatherings and workshops to share the practices and invite folks to bring their own relational practices to ecologies. 

Chris Dufour initiated research during a workshop series, “Between Futility and Futurity” co-facilitated with Alexis Hogan in March 2024. They left screen printed seed packets containing yarrow, fireweed, and goldenrod alongside wildfire charcoal for folks to plant in anticipation of this residency. This program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Regional District of Central Kootenay ReDi program.ABOUT THE ARTISTChris Dufour (they/them) is an interdisciplinary social practice artist working between Kanien’kehá:ka and Lekwungen territory. Chris uses mediums of plants, gardening, ecological wandering, textiles, quilting, installation, darkroom manipulation, leather tanning, and sculpture to process questions of how do we cultivate a sense of belonging within and among systemic power dynamics? How do we push against empire while cultivating resilient communities and cultures of care? What practices of living can we recuperate, develop, and employ within contemporary cultures of crisis?
Of Irish and Quebecois heritage, Chris grew up outside of Kjipuktuk (so called Halifax, NovaScotia) and has spent the last 8 years working and living across many territories on Turtle Island. After attending the Yukon School of Visual Arts,Chris took on a practice of grassroots learning that brought them to social practice, permaculture, soil ecology, and accessible community-based education.Throughout, Chris values projects which seek to utilize material practices as a facilitator, to process connections and relationships to ecologies, modalities of care, alternative futures, and ruminations about world building.LEARN MOREO2 EXHIBITIONOxygen Art Centre’s fourth exhibition in the window project entitled O2, features a new textile artwork by Tracy Fillion is extended to24 June 2024. 
Located on the Stanley Avenue side of the Nelson Trading Company building (430 Baker Street) in downtown Nelson, B.C., O2 is a window-turned-gallery. 
The artwork features hand woven linen scraps and yarn composed into a series of layered rectangles to highlight the materiality of each material.
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