ABOUT KALIK

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 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 • film • visual and media art • zines • poetry • essays • articles • curated exhibitions & events • installations • virtual archives  • workshops • conferences & panels • 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.

HISTORY

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] (they/them/theirs) lee is an Artistic Producer working across Film, Performance, and Digital Media. They specialize in collaborative multi-disciplinary projects that delve into issues of identity, hidden histories, systemic change, and speculative futures. Recent Projects include Dear Armen (2013-2017), Setting Bones (2017), and World of Q (2017-2019). Lee holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in Contemporary Visual Studies, English Literature, and Politics; and is currently pursuing a joint Master of Fine Arts (Film and Media Production) and Master of Business Administration (Schulich School of Business) at York University. As a queer, trans & non-binary, mixed-Armenian raised in an immigrant family, lee grew up pulled between many worlds that seemed incompatible, constantly feeling like they had to choose one part of themself or one community over another. These experiences shaped their commitment to helping build thriving and inclusive communities, and worlds that do not rely on the marginalization and exploitation of people or planet.

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 Touring in 2019 for the World of Q Film Series

Canada Arts Council Film & Video Research and Creation Grant in 2016/2017 for the World of Q Film Series

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 Setting Bones Theatre Project

BC Arts Council Touring Initiatives Grant in 2016 for Dear Armen East Coast Tour

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

BC Arts Council Theatre Project Grant in 2015 for Dear Armen Pacific Coast Tour

Canada Council Theatre Travel Grant in 2013 for the Inception of the Dear Armen Theatre Project 

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