ABOUT

Fallon Simard’s memes and videos capture the conflicts created by colonialism, land, politics, and capitalism. The Anishinaabe-Metis artist creates moving and still images as an embodied and visceral response to Indigenous identity that dispels current tropes of Indigeneity. Simard’s work instead investigates intensity and burden as products of injustice(s), human rights violations, and colonial violence. In his videos and memes, Simard illustrates bad feelings and harms from different Indigenous contexts to reveal new modes and effects of colonial-capital-racial policy. Simard’s work mobilizes grief, intensity, and trauma as mitigation tools to colonial-capital policy. 

Fallon Simard additionally creates policy recommendations into legislation, services, programs, and organizations to advocate for the human rights and substantive equality of Two Spirit, Queer and Trans Indigenous people. 

Workshops + Policy

Workshops

Fallon Simard provides an array of workshops including:

  • Meme Workshops

  • Video Workshops 

  • Two Spirit LGBTQQIA workshops 

If you are interested in him leading one with your organization, please get ahold via the contact button below!

Policy

Fallon Simard additionally offers organizational development and policy-research consultation services for Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA human rights. Simard can provide your organization with the skills and policies required to ensure 2SLGBTQQIA individuals who utilize your service, program, or organization are safe. 

If you'd like to hire him for a workshop or for policy-research consultation services or risk assessment, please get ahold via the contact button below! 

contact

For gallery shows, film festivals, meme workshops, Two-Spirit workshops, video editing workshops, drawing or meme commissions, illustration or design of logos, or for fundraising please feel free to send me an email!

Below is my CV for your further consideration. 

citations

REVIEWS

Thirza Cuthand, "Fallon Simard's Videos Respond to Indigenous Struggle", Canadian Art, Summer 2017. Available: https://canadianart.ca/reviews/fallon-simard/

Billy-Ray Belcourt, "Settler Structures of Bad Feeling", Canadian Art, Winter 2018. Available: https://canadianart.ca/essays/settler-structures-bad-feeling/

Lindsay Nixon, "Monetized, But Agential, Bodies in Ghost Worlds", Esse, LGBT+, 2017. Available:  http://esse.ca/en/fallon-simard

Suzanne Morrissette, "On Being Illiberal: Indigenous Artists Challenge Western Perceptions of Indigenous Political Knowledge", Prefix Photo, Issue 38: The Canadian Vernacular Fall/Winter 2018. Purchase the Prefix Magazine here: http://www.prefix.ca/magazine/

Maandeeq Mohamed, "recurrence", Xpace Cultural Centre, June 2017. Available: http://www.xpace.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/recurrence-curatorial-essay-FORMATTED.pdf

Eve Tangy & Genevieve Wallen, "Blood Ties", Xpace Cultural Centre, February 2017. Available: http://www.xpace.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Blood-ties-Main-Space-vf.pdf

PUBLISHED MEMES

Gwen Benaway (Editor), Fallon Simard (artist), Celebrating Indigenous writers and artists: A special feature, "End Violence Against Trans Women" (memes featured), This Magazine, September 4, 2018. Available: https://this.org/2018/09/04/end-violence-against-trans-women/

See the full issue: https://this.org/2018/09/04/celebrating-indigenous-writers-and-artists-a-special-feature/

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Lindsay Nixon, "Making Space in Indigenous Art for Bull Dykes and Gender Weirdos", Canadian Art, April 20, 2017. Available: https://canadianart.ca/essays/making-space-in-indigenous-art-for-bull-dykes-and-gender-weirdos/

Billy-Ray Belcourt and Lindsay Nixon, "What Do We Mean By Queer Indigenous Ethics?", Canadian Art, May 23, 2018. Available: https://canadianart.ca/features/what-do-we-mean-by-queerindigenousethics/

TALKS

FOUND FOOTING; Screening & Panel Discussion, 2017 
Found Footing is a video series presented by Whippersnapper Gallery and curated by Joshua Vettivelu, showcasing the work of Cora-Allan Wickcliffe, Amanda Boulos, Fallon Simard and Zinnia Naqvi accompanied by catalogue featuring the writing of Vince Rosario and Ariel Smith and a panel discussion facilitated by Deanna Bowen. This series brings together four emerging artists who have created work in response to preexisting moving images. Whether it be old home movies, tourism films, protest documentation or vacation videos- the artists in this exhibition locate a sense of urgency in these preexisting moving images and strategically use them to explore experiences of intimacy, pride, family and accountability within larger conversations of colonialism, gender and state violence.

 

FACE VALUE: A Conversation on the Aesthetics of Believability, 2017

What do aesthetics have to do with legibility? What goes into being believed? What are the material benefits of being believable? Aesthetics play a large role in how we make decisions about what is believable and what isn’t. Being believed has political and material benefits. Join Alok Vaid-Menon, Fallon Simard and Barak adé Soleil in conversation with Whippersnapper Gallery’s Director of Programming Joshua Vettivelu as they explore some of the ways power is bestowed, upheld and named through aesthetic legibility. 

Been Here So Long: In Conversation with Fallon Simard, jes sachse, and Jessica Karuhanga, moderated by Nehal El-Hadi, 2018 

Simard and sachse's collaboration in the exhibit Been Here So Long explores mitigation strategies for PTSD and continuance in the struggle for survival. Taking up the aesthetics and materiality of industrial signage, their collaboration produced 3 works that refuse the assumed neutrality of legibility and universal language.  Reaching through friendships and practices, they will be joined by the presence of artist Jessica Karuhanga on the last day of the works' exhibition for a process of de-installation. The panel discussion will question meme mateReality, collective resistance and choreographies of space. 

FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS

2018

Asinabka Film Festival, 2018, Screening "Carbon Tax". Available: http://www.asinabkafestival.org/2018_Festival.html

CURATORIAL STATEMENTS 

2018

http://www.prefix.ca/exhibitions/on-being-illiberal/

https://interaccess.org/exhibition/loner-culture

https://www.trinitysquarevideo.com/exhibition-the-moving-copy/

https://agp.on.ca/exhibitions/fallon-simard-jes-sachse-long/

2017

http://www.xpace.info/exhibition-event/recurrence-curated-by-maandeeq-Mohamed/

http://www.xpace.info/exhibition-event/blood-ties/

2016

https://plugin.org/summer-institute-faculty/

PRESS

2018 

https://canadianart.ca/agenda/prefix-ica-presents-on-being-illiberal/

https://canadianart.ca/news/news-in-brief-september-13-2018/

https://canadianart.ca/news/news-brief-ocad-university-receives-1-million-historic-renovation/

https://canadianart.ca/essays/art-in-2017-a-view-from-montreal/

http://www.imaginenative.org/2018-art-crawl/

2017

https://www.trinitysquarevideo.com/2017-emerging-digital-arts-awards/

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