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203 - 290 MCDERMOT AVE WINNIPEG, MB R3B 0T2
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National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America (NILWLNA)
Title: National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America (NILWLNA)
Artist: Terrance Houle + Guest Performers
Dates: February 6 to March 14, 2015
Opening Reception at 8pm, leg-wrestling performances begin at 9pm Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Urban Shaman’s Main and Marvin Francis Media Gallery
The National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America or NILWLNA is a first for Winnipeg and Canada. Mythical “Indian Wrestlers” take their place in and around a wrestling ring at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. Much of Terrance Houle’s practice is directed towards exploring racial and cultural stereotypes imposed upon First Nations people by non-Aboriginals. This exhibition, through a series of photographic images, investigates the Hollywood and media driven “Indian Wrestler’s” body through contemporary social and political frameworks. National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America boldly questions how the Aboriginal body may be utilized to create and dismantle stereotypes of First Nations people within the portrait genre, professional sports, and farcical situations. Houle often utilizes his own body and the performance medium to delve into and explore colonialism and the cumulative social effects of racial typecasting. These images also question ideas related to personal and collective subjectivity, the power of the gaze, and the social constructs of Aboriginal portraiture.
Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle’s practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance Houle received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England. Terrance Houle’s work was represented in his first “Major Solo Exhibition” GIVN’R opening at PLUG-IN Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba, GIVN”R is a small retro exhibition of Terrance’s works in film, video, performance, installation, mixed media, and photography between 2003-2009.