Studio Marina Hulzenga

a spatial design and art studio

Specializing in exhibit and installation design, Studio Marina Hulzenga translates narrative and knowledge into a variety of immersive spaces through storytelling; inviting others to experience the celebration of histories, listen to the land and its people, and constantly engage the philosophical, conceptual, and social dialogues of our spatial surroundings. Absorbed in collecting and research as a means to creativity, the studio's work focuses on uncovering details and connections that challenge our spatial narratives. In both designing for clients or self-initiated projects, the studio values in depth research, being guided by process and activating conversation.

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ARCHIVE OF HAPPENINGS FROM PRESENT TO PAST: all project exhibition residency award

spatial installation

Location: Alberta, Canada
LIMINAL SPACE: The space of a threshold from one domain to another.
AWASITIPAHASKAN: ‘Across the borderline’ in Cree.

This project began in 2014 as an observation of the border (in its many facets) of First Nations reserves in Alberta. With intense field research at four different reserves surrounding Edmonton: Enoch Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Maskwacis: Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana First Nation, this project has materialised into a collection of collections.

There are 141 First Nation reserves in Alberta, Canada. Each reserve is cut out of the landscape “for the use and benefit of the respective bands for which they were set apart.” (18. (1) of the Indian Act) At the edges of these reserves an expanse of space lies, manifesting itself through various physical, social and emotional experiences. The spatial installation and accompanying book of LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN are focused on these border experiences.

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The studio is based in amiskwacîwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃ
/ Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) on Treaty 6 and Métis territory.