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SASKATCHEWAN!: an image and word performance and exhibition that is a creative collaboration between British photographer Justin Partyka, and Canadian writer Ken Mitchell. The performance subject is Justin Partyka’s photographic commentary on the Canadian prairie, particularly its rural folkways and landscape, accompanied by Saskatchewan writer Ken Mitchell’s poetic commentary on plainspeople, their traditions and culture. 

In this show, Partyka’s photographs focus on native communities and reserves, as well as Hutterite colonies, farmers (including Ken’s brother Slim), and abandoned farmhouses across the plains, north and south.  Mitchell speaks poems, some to contrast, some to illuminate the dangerous-looking territory they both love. 

Following an acclaimed “mardle” in Suffolk, England, by Partyka and Mitchell at the Alde Valley Spring Festival in 2011 -- their first collaborative presentation -- this international partnership of visual art and spoken word has continued to evolve. It has been presented in 2013 at The Soup Lab, Norwich (2013), North House Gallery (Manningtree, Essex, 2013), Bowvena Hall (2015), and at the Brunei Gallery, University of London (2015).  In 2016, Justin hopes to return to Saskatchewan to photograph the winter prairie.


Edna Jaques - “The Poet of the Prairies” – came back to Saskatchewan in Ken Mitchell’s dramatic revival, EDNA JAQUES – LIVE! It played at the Artesian on 13th, Regina’s avant-garde performance space, featuring Michele Sereda, from Nov. 30-Dec.1 2013.

NOVEMBER 29, 2013 to DECEMBER 1, 2013: EDNA JAQUES LIVE!
–At the Artesian on 13th, Regina, SK

Edna Jaques -- “The Poet of the Prairies” – came back to Saskatchewan in Ken Mitchell’s dramatic revival, EDNA JAQUES – LIVE! It played at the Artesian on 13th, Regina’s avant-garde performance space, from Nov. 30-Dec.1 2013.

Hailed as Canada’s premier poet in the 1930s and 40s, this bard of Saskatchewan, the tough little farmer from Briercrest astonished the world with her colorful poetic commentary on the life and glory of pioneer culture on the prairies. She published over ten books of poetry, as well as an autobiography in her later years, Uphill All the Way.

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