Kalik is an interdisciplinary arts company & spaceship. We arrive at artmaking as generative and transformative mediums for expressing urgent truths, recalling ancestral stories and teachings, while simultaneously visioning future worlds that centre healing, justice, and love. Through Kalik we will create and produce original and participatory interdisciplinary art, performances, films, digital media, literature, events, gatherings and workshops, working with and alongside many artists, creatives, and advocates for the kinds of worlds and communities we know are possible and that we are actively building.
Kalik has grown from the need to:
- disrupt the (inequity, fuckery, and brutality of the) systems we live in
- reclaim our cultural knowings and practices
- celebrate our queer and gender-fabulousness
- create great art that represents the experiences of those of us typically underrepresented or not at all represented in dominant media
Our approach as interdisciplinary: theatre & performance •feature films and shorts • video art • visual & digital art • transmedia projects • zines • poetry • essays • articles • curated exhibitions & events • installations • virtual archives • games • novels • memoirs • workshops • conferences & panels • festivals • tours • art & merchandise sales
Collaboration as methodology: Working collaboratively and within community is a high priority for our work, not only to execute the best possible art, but also politically to be building community and connecting with folks to create meaningful engagement and dialogue. We see Kalik as a platform that will engage artists and creative people at all stages of the learning/making process.
Kalik comes from the collaborative partnership between Kamee Abrahamian and lee williams boudakian. We are interdisciplinary artists, producers, and facilitators invested in storytelling that integrates our ancestral and cultural herstories, grapples with our current worlds, and visions into futures that centre the lives and stories of those of us currently living on the fringe and in the margins.
We are a blend of creative and practical-make-it-happen-despite-the-odds. We first came together to create Dear Armen, a multidisciplinary arts and performance project that weaves together the voices and struggles of three generations of Armenian women, gender-benders and queers. The project was conceived during a three-week artist residency in September 2013 at the Abrahamian Arts Centre in Yerevan, Armenia. Since its inception, Dear Armen has morphed from staged reading to interdisciplinary production featuring two distinct versions and five incarnations, which have toured throughout Canada, USA, and Armenia. Out of our work with Dear Armen has a grown a creative partnership, vision, and mission that is becoming Kalik.
Kamee Abrahamian [co-founder] Kamee was born into an Armenian family displaced from the SWANA (southwest asian, north african) region, and grew up in an immigrant suburb of Toronto. They arrive in the world today as a queer and feminist mother, interdisciplinary creative, scholar, writer, producer, and facilitator. They have a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University), an MA in expressive art therapy (European Graduate Institute), and soon to be MA/PhD in community, liberation, indigenous and eco psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute). Their work is steeped with relational, generative, visionary and liberatory practices oriented towards ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published both literary and academic work, facilitated workshops, and exhibited and curated art, films and staged performances internationally. Most recently, Kamee has been working freelance under Saboteur Productions (founder) and collaboratively through Kalik Arts (co-founder).
Special thanks to the Canada Arts Council, the BC Arts Council, and the province of British Columbia for supporting our projects:
Canada Council Theatre Travel Grant in 2013 for the Inception of the Dear Armen Theatre Project (lee);
Canada Council Visual Arts Project Grant in 2015 for the Dear Armen Performance-Installation;
Canada Council Theatre Travel Grant in 2015 to attend ReOrient Festival in San Francisco (Kamee);
BC Arts Council Theatre Project Grant in 2015 for Dear Armen Pacific Coast Tour;
BC Arts Council Touring Initiatives Grant in 2016 for Dear Armen East Coast Tour;
BC Arts Council Theatre Project Grant in 2016 for the Inception of the (Untitled) Boxes Theatre Project;
Canada Arts Council Film & Video Research and Creation Grant in 2016/2017 for the World of Q Film Series