Unfinished Work Podcast
Season One: blk scotian; blk art
Three African Nova Scotian artists sit down to discuss their artistic journeys and the unexpected learnings along the way. These interdisciplinary artists rotate hosting conversations with other Black artists to explore themes of healing, practice, and representation, often exploring subjects that institutions, systems, and spaces haven’t easily held.
Release date: December 1, 2021
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Kate Macdonald was born and raised in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki. Proudly African Nova Scotian she studied Performance Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON. At the end of 2016 with the political climate swiftly changing around she felt called to mobilize. Out of this desire to make a change she Founded and Created The Magic Project. Which focuses on bringing marginalized brilliance to the forefront of social media using various forms of visual arts. Kate is a Community Facilitator, Programmer, Activist, Artist and Curator. She hopes to continue creating and designing workshops, holding space for community discussions and empowering marginalized youth through celebration. Her art practice has always included photography, poetry and performance theatre. But she has been long fascinated with any art forms she came across. Themes that especially interest Macdonald include themes of justice, healing, joy, magic, self, community, energy, shapes/movement, and ancestral connection. Recently, Kate, Trayvone Clayton & DeRico Symonds created an African Nova Scotian community based, youth-led initiative called The Game Changers. After a year of working together in advocacy, activism, and community they decided to collaborate officially. Currently, Kate is the Branch Manager at the North Branch Memorial Library - a branch that has long been a staple in the African Nova Scotian community.
Most recently, Kate has been selected for the Eye Level Artist in Residency and for the Bus Stop Writers’ Circle Grant which allows emerging writers to work on their craft and develop new ideas.
I’thandi Munro is a mixed Afro-Euro L’nu woman living in Kjipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Munro is a professional performance and visual artist. In 2020 she completed her BFA earning a double major in Photography + Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University. As a racialized person living in a postcolonial environment, Munro uses the representation of line and of lineage as the underlying concepts through her fine art, craft, and dance. Often merging mediums into finished pieces there is always a sense of multiness within her work. Melding notions of the digital within her craft Munro continuously seeks to learn new ways of making. She leaves space for her pieces to naturally evolve through reaction and discussion. This creates an ever changing flux body of work that can be continued, explored, and realized in many different ways. Munro is a SSHRC funded research assistant for Craft and The Digital Turn, sits on the board of The Woods professional hip hop dance company, is a programming committee member at Eyelevel Gallery, and works as a programming and communications assistant + project coordinator at Nocturne Halifax. I’thandi continues to teach dance at East Coast Dance Academy and is now a mom of two who loves doing the most for her family, and community.
Kordeena Clayton, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Wife and Owner of She Nubian Liberation Art & Apparel, founder of Takin’ BLK Business initiative Co-operative, co-founder of the Takin’ BLK Gottingen and Markets. A descendant of the first African migrants to ever accompany Nova Scotia, a proud African Nova Scotian Queer Visual Artist who focuses on the importance of representation of Black and Brown people; Inclusivity and self-embracement. Known for Unapologetically Black and Unapologetically Queer Apparel, photography, graphic and clothing design, film making and painting.