As a star slowly starts to die, the core collapses from within and then explodes into what is known as a supernova…
Ascending from a small rural community just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba – Nova Weipert (he/him they/them) is an Ojibwe Two-Spirit artist, filmmaker, and storyteller; and is a proud member of the Pinaymootang First Nation located on Treaty 2 land. He works by combining moving images, sound and storytelling as a means of understanding his indigenous identity. His artistic practice can only be described as a colossal process of decolonization as he ascends and analyzes the intersectionalities of his identity. Nova’s work takes place on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-watuth Nations.
Graduating from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2018, he gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree having majored in film, video + integrated media. His graduating thesis film titled “Leaving Earth” was nominated for the 2018 Presidents Media Choice Award for its sweeping and immersive soundscapes and imagery.
Having been this year’s 2020 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library, Nova has gained an exceptional amount of pride and honour in being able to share indigenous history and knowledge with non-indigenous communities, as he slowly steps into his role as a Two-Spirit person; building bridges of understanding.
Throughout his creative residency, he developed and implemented a series of public programming events centreed around sharing his Ojibwe teachings, knowledge and history through film segments, and storytelling presentations. Nova also spent this time further developing his next major project titled “TRAN5CEND” – a five year long documentary consisting of five episodes which focus on different aspects of his identity; from his mental health struggles, to his personal family history – TRAN5CEND encompasses it all.
Nova is currently in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design having been awarded with an entrance scholarship along with a teaching assistantship from the university. He hopes to expand his teaching abilities and to facilitate discussions surrounding indigenous topics. Eventually he hopes to open up his own art studio in the future and to continue passionately advocating for indigenous sovereignty