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NewsTHE POWER WITHIN: INDIGENOUS CANADIAN SHORTS PROGRAM
SPECIAL OFFSITE PROGRAMMING
When: Thursday April 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Where: Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB
Curated by Michelle Latimer and imagineNATIVE
Media GallerySilent Transformation
Artist: Raymond Boisjoly
Dates: April 4 - June 7, 2014
Tea and Bannock Reception from 3-5pm
at Urban Shaman on Friday, April 4
Opening Reception at 7pm at Platform Centre for
Photographic + Digital Arts on Friday, April 4
Artist Talk at 2pm on Saturday, April 5
Locations: Urban Shaman’s Marvin Francis Media Gallery
Platform Centre fore Photographic + Digital Arts
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There is Hope, If We Rise
Artist: Sonny Assu
Dates: May 2 to June 7, 2014
Opening Reception at 8pm; Artist Talk at 9pm on Friday, May 2, 2014
Location: Urban Shaman Main Gallery
Artist Statement: Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist who continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art by challenging the perception of Indigenous art. Assu merges Indigenous iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. An exploration of his mixed ancestry, his work appropriates or transforms items of consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own personal life. Interested in ideas around Indigenous issues and rights, branding and new technologies, he works across many boundaries and disciplines and in doing so, reveals a ravishing oeuvre that speaks to many.
Biography: Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking and paintings, Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political and ideological issues. His work often focuses on Indigenous issues and rights, consumerism, branding and new technologies, and the ways in which the past has come to inform contemporary ideas and identities. Assu infuses his work with wry humour to open the dialogue towards the use of consumerism, branding and technology as totemic representation. Within this, his work deals with the loss of language, loss of cultural resources and the effects of colonization upon the Indigenous people of North America.
There is a clear interest in materiality in Assu’s work. The materials used for each work is carefully considered, particularly in relation to Indigenous culture: hand-painted deer/elk hide drums for their performance significance; posters for their mass-distribution qualities; and copper for its cultural importance to the Indigenous People of the Northwest Coast. Assu’s projects emphasize the intersections and boundaries of traditional Indigenous art within the larger realm of contemporary art.
His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and in various other public and private collections across Canada and the United States.
Sonny is Liǥwildaʼxw (Kwakwaka’wakw) of the We Wai Kai First Nation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2002 and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Concordia University. He received the BC Creative Achievement Award in First nations art in 2011 and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012 and 2013. He currently lives and works in Montreal.