SAKAHAN AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
|Vernon Ah Kee, cantchant, 2009|
12 surfboards, 8 paintings, single-channel video
|Nadia Myre, Indian Act, 2000-2002|
beads, cloth, thread, 52 pages of the Indian Act
Sakahàn, meaning “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin peoples, is the largest survey of recent Indigenous art organized by a national institution. The exhibition features artworks by award-winning artists, including Rebecca Belmore, Brian Jungen, and Annie Pootoogook from Canada as well as internationally renown artists as Jimmie Durham (United States/Italy/Germany), Michael Parekowhai (New Zealand), and Teresa Margolles (Mexico/Spain). It also presents artists who have not yet received widespread exposure in North America, such as Toru Kaizawa (Japan), Venkat Raman Singh Shyam (India), and Outi Pieski (Finland). The artists’ approaches are as varied as their chosen media, which include performance art, drawing, installations, painting, photography, sculpture and video. Several new works will be created specifically for the exhibition.
|Marie Watt, Blanket Stories: Seven Generations, Adawe, and Hearth, 2013|
site-specific installation using found/donated blankets