Kalik | գալիք
Kalik – As in, Forthcoming. Next. The soon-to-come. Near Future.
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.
lee williams boudakian [co-founder] (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, non-binary trans, Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day southeastern Turkey, and Liverpool, England. Born in Scarborough, Ontario and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. Current love projects include Kalik, ShapeShift Arts, Dear Armen, and The HyePhen Mag. They have trained across artistic disciplines in both institutional and non-institutional settings, including the University of Toronto (BA hons), Canadian Film Centre (New Media), Oxford University (Creative Writing), The London International School for the Performing Arts, The Writer’s Studio at SFU, VONA Voices, Anitafrika Dub Theatre, Arrivals Personal Legacy, Institute for Social Artists, and more. lee arrives at artmaking as acts of resistance, world&future visioning, and celebration towards liberation and healing.
Kamee Abrahamian [co-founder] Kamee was born in an immigrant suburb to an Armenian family by way of the SWANA region; and currently lives on settler land, uninvited. They arrive in the world today as a mother and an interdisciplinary creative, 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 an MA in community, liberation, eco and indigenous psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute). The bedrock of Kamee’s artistic background is in classical ballet and dance, theatre, and visual art. Their work is primarily collaborative, spiralling in-to and out-of fragmented time/place/being through ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published both literary and academic work, internationally exhibited and presented visual and digital artwork, films and staged performances, curated art spaces and events, and facilitated workshops across Canada and USA. 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