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We Hold Each Other and more art by AJ Kluck

We Hold Each Other, 2021
35 x 25 x 4 inch (h x w x d)
Sculpture (bark
Chains
strings
nail
thumbtacks
tape)

We currently live in a colonial-settler state. The foundations of canada are rooted in invasion, theft, genocide, and violence.

Our strength comes not through authority and rigidity, but rather, through flexibility and transformation. We move, and flow, in constant flux. We come from the land, we breathe as the land, and we will return to the land.

I see room for expression and collectivity among Indigenous people in these systems. We recognize individual autonomy and celebrate its relationship to the collective. We are interconnected through care and kindness. We hold each other gently.

As the chains of these systems crumble around us we can recognize that the colonial settler project is not inevitable. We have lived and breathed here since the beginning of time. We will continue to care for this land and each other as we have always done.

AJ KLUCK
Sylix, Okanagan Band

AJ Kluck (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist living in Mohkínstsis, Treaty 7. Their mother is Irish and their father is sqilxʷ. AJ’s practice is rooted in building slow and gentle relationships with the land and community, healing inter-generational trauma, processing their identity as a sk̓ʷsk̓ʷtmsqiltk (half-blood) person, and celebrating and reconnecting with sylix ways of being and knowing. Kluck is currently studying Sculpture at Alberta University of the Arts. AJ is a citizen of the sylix Nation.



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