Re/search Re/surgence
Guadalupe Martinez & Olivia Whetung
Saturday, February 1 — Saturday, March 14, 2020
Reception Friday, January 31, 7-10pm

Artist Talk, Saturday, February 8, 2PM

The artists in Re/search Re/surgence work with knowledge and knowing as embedded in body, memory and land. The image and evocation of water illustrates the way place-based and embodied knowledge can re-emerge into a vital and generative flow following long periods of obscurity, erasure and cover.

Guadalupe Martinez’s installations, projections, printed matter and interventions will reference water as a public fountain and a structural leak to activate her relationship with Or Gallery its past and present environs as sites of research, experimentation, gathering and performance.

Martinez will also work with her ongoing collective project, CUERPO who practice engaging radical presence through research, movement and the activation of the body as the centre of knowing and learning. CUERPO will present a series of gallery interventions as well as participatory workshops that will explore notions of somatic and spiritual activism during sessions that combine performance art theory, spiritual traditions of meditation and body awareness with principles from therapeutic practices such as person centered expressive arts, authentic movement, Alexander technique and eutony.

Olivia Whetung’s work tibewh, is an Anishinaabeemowin term for a ‘shoreline that one is in or on,’ and features a series of beadworks illustrating birds’ eye perspectives of the lift locks comprising the 386 kilometre-long Trent Severn Waterway. These locks facilitate boat transport from one body of water to another, but their construction flooded parts of Whetung’s home territory, dislocating the Anishinaabe place-names based on the original waterways and irreparably altering the Curve Lake First Nation’s relationship to its land and waterscapes. Whetung’s beadwork practice is both a rooting in Anishinaabe ancestral practices and a revitalization of decolonized knowledge systems.

Image: Cuerpo, FUENTE. Photo by Luciana Freire D’Anunciaçao.

CUERPO Workshops

Guadalupe Martinez is offering two movement workshops that are free and open to the public. The workshops will explore notions of somatic and spiritual activism during sessions that combine performance art, spiritual traditions of meditation and body awareness with principles from therapeutic practices such as person cantered expressive arts, authentic movement, Alexander technique and eutony.

The process does not propose a unique objective or result, other than learning ways to explore forms of radical presence, a form of sensorial awareness and embodied research that may transform individual and collective experiences of everyday life.

Thursday, February 13, 3-5pm
Friday, February 14, 3-5pm

All bodies and levels of experience are welcome.
Bring warm comfortable clothes, water and snacks.
The groups will be small: 4 – 8 participants.

Sign up and confirm your registration by emailing your name, contact phone and email to or@orgallery.org with the subject line: CUERPO

CUERPO Performances

Following scores, writing, movement sequences, somatic techniques and embodied inquiry developed during the workshops, CUERPO will present a series of performances to take place in the gallery on the following dates. All performances are at 2pm.

Saturday, February 15
Thursday, February 20
Friday, February 21
Thursday, February 27 – CANCELLED
Friday, February 28

Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
Thursday, March 12
Friday, March 13

Performers: Guadalupe Martinez, Stephanie Bueno, Chipo Chipaziwa, Sai Di, Jelena Markovic, Angelica Poversky, Dalia Shalabi, David Ezra Wang, and Yasmine Whaley-Kalaroa.


Guadalupe Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator interested in understanding the complex relationships between place and identity. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she immigrated to Vancouver at age 28, where she lives and works on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Placing the body at the centre of her practice, Martinez’ work often takes the form of installation, performance, and collaborative research with a deep consideration for her personal and inherited histories. Through somatic practices and collaboration Martinez creates alternative spaces of learning and explores the potential for embodied research and love-actions to heal and decolonize the body-mind. Her commitment to spirituality, teaching, and political awareness underlies the development of her work in diverse contexts and she has presented work in Canada, the US, Italy, Mexico and Argentina.

Olivia Whetung is Anishinaabekwe and a member of Curve Lake First Nation. She completed her BFA with a minor in Anishinaabemowin at Algoma University in 2013, and her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Whetung works in various media including beadwork, printmaking, and digital media. Her work explores acts of/active native presence, as well as the challenges of working with, in, and through Indigenous languages in an art world dominated by English. Her work is informed in part by her experiences as an Anishinaabemowin learner.

Her work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at Gallery 44, Toronto (2018); Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna (2018); Artspace, Peterborough (2017); and 180 Projects, Sault Ste. Marie. She was awarded the John Hartman Award in 2018, the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in 2016, and is a recipient of a CGS-M Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award and an Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship. In 2019 she was awarded a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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