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aabaakwad. a night of poetry and performance


Ocean Space
Admission fee
Free of charge

Reservation is required at the following link


Event hosted at TBA21–Academy's Ocean Space in collaboration with aabaakwad

On Saturday, April 23, TBA21–Academy dedicates a night of poetry and performance examining Indigenous futures organized at Ocean Space in collaboration with aabaakwad.

Word warriors Timimie Märak, Janet Rogers, Mosab Al Nomairy, and Kulleh Grassi share a soul defining experience of poetry. Rana Bishara, an artist who uses materials to communicate the complexity of a political situation will perform a new work. They are joined by performance artists New Red Order in collaboration with Krista Belle Stewart examining Indigenous futures and the imaginaries of ‘Indigenous’ in Europe.

PHOTO: Members of New Red Order captured by their own


Participation is free of charge but reservation is mandatory via this link.

Inside Ocean Space wearing a mask is mandatory (covering both the nose and mouth correctly) hands must be sanitized with the disinfectant at the entrance.


aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) is a unique annual Indigenous-led conversation on Indigenous art by those who create, curate and write about it. A gathering that alternates annually between Toronto and international venues, showcasing dynamic dialogue examining themes, materials and experiences in Indigenous art practice globally. Founded in 2018 by Wanda Nanibush (Anishinaabe, Canada), aabaakwad brings together over 70 creatives from all over the world. We are Indigenous-led and artist-centred.

aabaakwad has been seeded by its presenting partner the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada), and main funders the Canada Council for the Arts and the Australian Arts Council. Internationally our presenting partners have been the Sydney Biennial under artistic direction of Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri, Australia), MCA Sydney, Sydney Opera House in 2020 and the Nordic Pavilion whose curatorial leadership is Beaska Niillas (Sámi, Norway/Sapmi), Liisa-Rávná Finbog (Sámi, Norway/Sapmi), and Katya Garcia Anton, Office of Contemporary Art Norway and Oceans Space.

Everyone is welcome to aabaakwad. Engage in networking and listening to informal and in depth dialogue that is uncensored and self-representational. aabaakwad also showcases musicians, performance artists, poets, filmmakers and more through screenings, music nights and dedicated performances.

aabaakwad is now in its fifth year and will be part of programming for the 59th Venice Biennale from April 22-25 of 2022 in partnership with the exhibition The Sami Pavillion, in the Nordic Pavilion.