Join Dana Claxton in the creation of a large Medicine Wheel as part of Your Kontinent Festival. Dana will be in Richmond on Saturday July 20th. More information on Your Kontinent Festival and Dana Claxton's work can be found below.
YOUR KONTINENT CURATORS STATEMENT
Initiated in 2011, the Featured Artist Program celebrates the work of a Canadian media art pioneer who has left a lasting mark on Canada’s cultural landscape.
This year, we are honoured to have Dana Claxton as our Featured Artist. Dana’s practice spans many different mediums, from film, photography, installation, to performance. Of Hunkpapa Lakota ancestry, much of Dana’s work is grounded in her identity as a First Nations woman. An adept in traversing the boundaries of space and time, she brings together new technologies, archival images and sacred sites in ways that connect us to the atmosphere, spirit and wonder that always surrounds us. The holistic vision that emerges out of Dana’s art resonates with the central theme of the Your Kontinent Festival – the interconnectedness of the world in which we live.
To celebrate this interconnectedness, Dana has created two new, site-specific works for the festival. One is a 30 feet “Video Tipi” which will be set up in Minoru Plaza. This phenomenal structure will be lit up by Dana’s large scale two channel video projections at night. During the day, it will function as a daytime hub for creative and community gatherings.
On Saturday July 20, Dana will lead an outdoor public art session where everyone can take part in the construction of a large medicine wheel. Like the “Video Tipi”, this powerful symbol of peace and harmony will remain on display in Minoru Plaza for the duration of the festival as a testament to the vitality of our community.
In addition, Dana’s previous work Rattle will also be exhibited during the festival.
We cannot express enough of our gratitude towards Dana Claxton. Her free-spirited and vivacious nature have truly inspired the di¬rection of our program this year.
Curators: Ying Wang & Sebnem Ozpeta
From Dana Claxton
“ I have made a two-channel video installation that considers Indigenous cosmologies and a connection to the sky, people and supernatural worlds both from an ancient place of knowing and being, as well from a contemporary place of techno dance music and Lakota Sioux healing songs. And have placed the work in indigenous architecture so the viewer may have an experience with the extraordinary technology of First Nations people. The medicine wheel making with the community of Richmond is meant to consider the beauty of the natural world and everything mother earth gives us – without her generosity and her embrace and love of the sun, we would be nothing. It is for the people of Richmond to embrace each other in positive and supportive ways, and to live in harmony. I am grateful to Ying, Sebnem, and Cinevolution crew and all the sponsors for this event. I acknowledge the traditional territory of the Coast Salish People and the people of Musquem.”
Video Tipi credits:
Director: Dana Claxton Editor: Winston Xin Dance Music: Russell Wallace Encouragement Song: Sissy Goodhouse
Thanks to The Moose Jaw Musuem and Art Gallery, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and Writing On Stone.