DECEMBER 6, 2017 – JANUARY 28, 2018
CLOSING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 @ 6–7PM
REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW AT THE PALOMINO
LOCATION: STRIDE +15 WINDOW SPACE
ARTS COMMONS 205 8TH AVENUE SE
My name is Nikola.
This is me backstage.
This is me excited.
This is me barely containing my self.
This is me containing myself.
This is me without being present.
This is me at my most vulnerable.
This is me transforming.
This is me coming to you live.
This is absolutely me.
Nikola was here.
This is Nikola.
NIK is a Serbian artist working with performance and mixed-media, finishing the last year of their BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design. They strive to find connection between their religious Serbian upbringing and their queerness. While working on their I am sorry series, which explores ideas of identity, vulnerability, and queerness, they have created a drag character which represents the state in which they are in right now. Through drag they learn about themselves, positives and negatives about their cultural background, and research regarding the treatment of queer people in Serbia. NIK uses symbols of Serbian Orthodox Christianity and the Serbian flag to create an atmosphere where they can perform as their drag persona called Nikola.
COVEN GALLERY is a student space supporting Queer, Trans, and BIPOC artists affiliated with the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) through exhibition opportunities and community-based events, aiming to foster meaningful dialogue and action on the respective issues of those communities within ACAD and beyond. Coven Gallery is currently under the directorship of Alicia Buates McKenzie and Taylor Harder.