The Beauty Within

The Beauty Within

Director: Cheryl L’Hirondelle (nêhiyaw/halfbreed)
Canada | 2020 | 3 min
Cree/English | VR 

The Beauty Within is an immersive, interactive new work by Indigenous interdisciplinary artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle created as elaborations on the songs she wrote in collaboration with incarcerated and detained populations in Saskatchewan’s correctional facilities as part of a larger body of work. 

Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist, a singer/songwriter and a critical thinker whose family roots are from Papaschase First Nation, amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Kikino Metis Settlement, Alberta. Her work critically investigates and articulates a dynamism of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) in contemporary time-place with a practice that incorporates Indigenous language(s), audio, video, virtual reality, the olfactory, music and audience/user participation to create immersive environments towards ‘radical inclusion.’


Jason Baerg (Cree-Métis/Settler)

Jason Baerg is an Indigenous advocate, educator, and international interdisciplinary art practitioner. Recent curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. Baerg completed a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He is currently a tenure track professor at OCAD University.

Jessica Lea Fleming (Wiisaakodewinikwe (Métis)/Scottish)

Jessica is an award-winning artist originally from Penetanguishene, Ontario. She creates in multi-disciplinary mediums as a means of exploring connection, identity, and land-based knowledge. She is especially drawn to examining the duality and nuance of her mixed blood as an opportunity to engage in emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual innovation.

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