Dana ClaxtonJune 27, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Curated by Toby Lawrence | The LAB Gallery
Curated by Toby Lawrence | Until September 7, 2014 | The LAB Gallery
Dana Claxton reflects on historical archives and highlights the human propensity to render itself, from Indigenous rock art, to photography, to governmental correspondence. She addresses the complexities of colonialism–past and present–through strategic subversion, and investigates the buried histories of the Wild West, with specific attention to Sitting Bull who shares her Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux ancestry.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents nine works from Claxton’s most recent series, “Indian Candy.” The works articulate her attempts “to bring forth a reversal of a whitewash of history by using vibrant colours to beautify the history and make historical discourses and research documents into critical contemporary art that has been influenced by pop art, political art, and shared and contested histories.”