Artist Bio

Whess Harman (they/them pronouns) is a Carrier Wit’at/mixed race, trans (ftn) indigiqueer. They graduated from the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program in 2014. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

Their on-going work includes beading and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; a collection of modified and embellished jackets that blend traditional materials with punk aesthetics to discuss urban Indigenous identity, resistance, visibility and understandings of wealth. Their poetry and text-based projects seek to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in dialogue and the work of kinship. They make zines about dating (badly), queer and trans identity, and are also sporadically writing and drawing a comic called cryboy about over-emoting spirits and queerness in a post-apocalyptic future.

They are currently a curatorial intern at grunt gallery and co-curated the Together Apart, Queer Indigeneities 2SQ/Indigiqueer Symposium with Kali Spitzer.