Olinda Reshinjabe Silvano, Wilma Maynas, and Ronin Koshi,Kené paintings,2022. Acrylicon canvas. Commissioned by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2022. Installationview:Arctic/Amazon: Neworks of Global Indigeneity,The Power Plant, Toronto, 2022. Photo:Toni Hafkenscheid.
Inspired by Olinda Silvano’s mural, participants will design patterns on graph paper and weave papers based on their designs.
Olinda Reshinjabe Silvano is an Indigenous Shipibo-Konibo artist from Peru. In her practice Olinda works with ancestral Shibipo-Konibo technique of kené, traditionally expressed through music, weaving, or drawing. Across her work, Silvano references el Ronín, a divine anaconda who is the creator of the earth and water, and whose geometric patterns inspired kené art. Cosmic worldviews and creation stories are accompanied by icaros—healing and ritualistic songs, one of which you can hear here, sung by Olinda herself to bring kené designs to life.