Alex Jacobs-Blum’s dichotomous Hodinöhsö:ni’ and German identity raises questions of belonging and relationship to land. Struggling to find a unified sense of identity perpetuates an investigation in notions of authenticity and legitimacy. Alex navigates personal experiences by challenging colonial structures as an act of self-determination and resistance. Focusing on the territories that have sustained her Indigenous family for generations, photography presents a way of engaging knowledge carried by her ancestors.
Nationally Alex’s work has been exhibited since 2015 at the University of Ottawa, the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON and Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto, ON. She has facilitated photo and social justice workshops with Indigenous youth at Western University, London, ON and at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Hamilton, ON. Alex holds a Bachelor of Photography from Sheridan College (2015). She is currently the Indigenous Curatorial Resident at Hamilton Artist Inc, Hamilton, ON.
The land we are and have always been // tsih.sa:né:yohs (when you are healing)
The land and water give and sustain all life on Earth; collectively embodying knowledge intrinsically linked to our health and wellbeing. Colonization disrupted Indigenous connectivity to land and water and by (re)building our relationships we can ensure a sustainable future for the generations to come. Offering gratitude and centering love ground us within their powers in coming home to ourselves.