MAKING THINGS

Louis Esmé is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and curator.
Mi’kmaw, Acadian, Irish.
They/them pronouns.
Based in Tkaronto / Gichi Kiiwenging.







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TATTOOS

skin stitch
hand poke

image description: a black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous person’s hand and wrist, with a fresh hand poked tattoo and an older hand poked tattoo by two different artists. the band closer to their wrist is by louis esme, 2019


image description: a black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous woman with freshly skin stitched lines in the middle of her ring finger.
louis esmé, 2019


image description: a black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous woman with freshly hand poked tattoo. a tree with roots and branches, on her left thumb.
louis esmé, 2019


image description: black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous woman’s fresh hand poked tattoo of an open book with a dotted line in the middle and a new bud growing from it.
louis esmé, 2018


image description: a black and white photograph of a light skinned Indigenous fresh skin stitched tattoos, one on each wrist.
louis esmé, 2018

image description: black and white photograph. a dark skinned Indigenous person’s fresh skin stitched tattoo in Cree syllabics.
louis esmé, 2019


image description: a black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous person’s freshly hand poked tattoo of a sunflower beetle on their upper thigh.
louis esmé, 2018


image description: a black and white photograph. hand drawn lettering on paper, various styles. “tattoos for our beautiful, awkward, gender complex, chubby, skinny, hairy and scarred, painfully exhausted, Indigenous bodies”
louis esmé, 2018


image description: a black and white photograph. a light skinned Indigenous person’s freshly hand poked and skin stitched tattoo on their inner calf.
louis esmé, 2018

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LOOSE LIPS
5 mins.
A memory of the land and ancestors around the Annapolis Valley. The animated petroglyphs are from rubbings found at Kejimkujik, while the moving images were recorded near Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Wabanakik.
https://vimeo.com/410874584 Please email for password to preview

Screenings
Mourning During a Pandemic, CFMDC.tv, 2021
Images Festival, 2020. Recipient of the Steam Whistle Homebrew Award
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MALDEWIN WESKIJINU / BLOOD SOAKED SOIL

Gardiner Museum Intervention

photos courtesy of the Gardiner Museum

louis esmé, collaboration with christa couture. 2018


louis esmé, 2018


louis esmé, collaboration with christa couture and shawna redskye, 2018

louis esmé, 2018


louis esmé, collaboration with jodi lynn maracle, 2018


louis esmé, 2018

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MALDEWIN WESKIJINU.
BLOOD SOAKED SOIL

THE IMPOSSIBLE SOLOIST BY ADAM GARNET JONES






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