Esteban Pérez in conversation with Aaron Nelson Moody on The Polygon Podcast
Alongside Satellite Residency, Esteban was part of The Polygon Gallery’s annual Response program titled Response: Our Land Narrative. The 2021 Response projects activated stories and conversations about connection, resistance, and migration, but it was long before joining Response that Esteban Pérez began engaging with community and territory in a way that would prove transformative for him and his practice.
Upon arriving in Vancouver from Ecuador in 2019 to begin MFA studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Pérez was introduced to phrases like ‘First Nations’ and ‘unceded territory’ — in an effort to learn about the meaning of these words, he reached out to staff at ECUAD’s Aboriginal Gathering Place who connected him with Squamish Nation artist Aaron Nelson-Moody who would guide Pérez through protocols of intercultural connection. Their conversation describes their shared journey, and captures a particular experience of curiosity, unsettling, and growth.
Listen to the episode via The Polygon Gallery website.