new exhibitions
CANADA GALLERY

Canada House, Trafalgar Square, (Pall Mall entrance), SW1 5BJ
020 7004 6000

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Click to enlargeSONNY ASSU : A RADICAL MIXING
Jun 21 - Oct 26, 2019
From sci-fi to superheroes, interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. Raised in North Delta BC, a suburb of Vancouver, it wasn’t until Assu was eight years old that he learnt of his Liǥwildaʼxw/Kwakwaka’wakw roots. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Assu uses humour and irony to unsettle misconceptions of Indigenous peoples and expose enduring legacies of colonization. Grappling with autobiography, family history, indigenous visual culture and the crosscurrents that shape his worldview, Assu proposes a radical mixing that is politically charged and deeply personal. Co-curated by Dennison Smith, Oceana Masterman-Smith and Verity Seward.

SKAWENNATI : AVATARS ALIENS ANCESTORS
through February 2020
Avatars Aliens Ancestors presents a selection of the characters that populate Skawennati’s artistic universe. Renowned for her machinimas (movies made in virtual environments), and her machinimagraphs (photographs taken in virtual environments), she also produces beadwork, clothing and sculptures. Active since the late 1990’s, she has used cyberspace as both a metaphor for the future and a tool to create representations of Indigenous people in a revised history, a contemporary present and an anticipated tomorrow.

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