April 30 to June 26
Stewart Hall Art Galery
The Contemporary Native Art Biennale – 3rd Edition
Guest curators : Michael Patten, Joyce Millar
Artist in residence : Luke Parnell (Haida, Nisga’a)
Exhibition artists : Sonny Assu (Kwakwaka’wakw), Mary Anne Barkhouse (Kwakiutl), Alison Bremner (Tlingit), Corey Bulpitt (Haida), Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv, Klahoose), Andrew Dexel (Nlakapamux), Dean Drever (Haida), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit, Aleut), Marianne Nicholson (Kwakwaka’wakw), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin), Nigit’stil Norbert (Gwich’in), Tamara Skubovius (Tahltan).
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is pleased to present the third edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennale in collaboration with Art Mûr. Culture evolves according to the external transformation it reflects. Despite being confined within a fixed tradition by the West, Aboriginal art has consistently maintained its adaptability, incorporating new materials, techniques and visual language. Derived from a way of thinking that privileges continuity and connections between different periods of time, Aboriginal art adapts and alters itself without becoming displaced or fractured. The works in this exhibition embody movements within Aboriginal culture and reflect contemporary indigenous reality, an experience that is becoming increasingly diverse. These artists act as agents provocateurs in order to accelerate acceptance of their cultural updates and eliminate stereotyping of indigenous cultures.
Vernissage: Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.