imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Cheryl L’Hirondelle (aka Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is a nomadic mixed-blood multi and interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space.
In 2004, L’Hirondelle was one of the first Aboriginal artists from this land now known as Canada to be invited to present her new media work at DAK’ART Lab, as part of the 6th Edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 & 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of the imagineNATIVE New Media Award for her online net.art projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina. Her 2008 interdisciplinary project nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land), was recognized as an honoree in the Net.Art category of the 13th Annual Webby Awards.
From 2009 to 2011 Cheryl was the guest new media curator and advisor for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. To date, the results have been three group exhibitions: Codetalkers of the Digital Divide (or why we didn’t become ‘roadkill on the information superhighway’), RE:counting coup and S-O-S3 (signals of survival) featuring the work of 19 international Indigenous media artists. She has also been involved in a variety of media arts initiatives including: Smartlab Associate Researcher (UK), 2005–07; Banff New Media Institute Advisory Committee, 2006; ISEA – Pacific Rim New Media Summit Working Group Member (US/NZ), 2006; Circuit4.ca – Canadian Heritage Information Network, 2004; RIXC – International Locative Media Workshop (Latvia), 2003; Drumbytes.org; 2002; Canada Council Media Arts Advisory Committee, 1997–2001; KIDS FROM KANATA On-line Aboriginal Liaison, 1995-96, and AFVAA - Drum Beats to Drum Bytes Thinktank, 1994.
L’Hirondelle is a member of the OCAD University Indigenous Education Council and teaches in their Integrated Media Department.