The Difference Between A Battle And A Massacre

A seed by: Nicola Harwood
Project: What is a Seed
Nicola Harwood (she/they) is a settler queer interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her plays, performances and installation projects have been seen in galleries, artist run centres, grubby bars and proper theatres as well as in parks, on a lake, on a train and in an airplane hanger and often involve large artist and community collaborations. Her most current project is Dog Songs, an interactive sound installation built from animal /human interactions. Recent installation projects include Summoning, No Words, (2017) an interactive sound installation built out of the female voice and the artist collaboration, High Muck-a-Muck: Playing Chinese (2014). Recent plays include Salmon Row (2011-13) which took place on the Fraser River and Letters From Lithuania (2010) which took place in Stanley Park. Her memoir about queer family, Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired, was published by Caitlin Press in 2016. Nicola is a proud sister, mother, grandmother and aunt with ancestral origins in the Scots Gaelic and British Anglo peoples. She is grateful to live and love on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations where she teaches in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program, in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts and at Kwantlen University.


Visual Arts, Theatre, Interdisciplinary Arts, Arts for Social Change, Storytelling, Literature, Poetry
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1. The Difference Between A Battle And A Massacre. A poem weaving my ancestor’s experiences in the Red River settlement, including their involvement in the Riel Resistance and and my own experiences teaching inside a federal prison. A meditation on our collective histories in Canada and how they have played out over time with contemporary carceral violence a new iteration of very old wars.
2. Painting / Drawing: Ancestral Figure and Child – Reaching Back. This piece expresses the care I often feel from those women who have gone before me, as I am now a grandmother and feel such tenderness toward my grandchildren. This Ancestral figure is an archetype – she is naked because she is in spirit, but wears a ghost of a dress and carries a shopping bag to also express her character as a living flesh woman who went before, but who will always be reaching back to care for the little one(s) behind her.

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