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Urban Thunderbirds / Ravens in a Material World

lessLIE, Dylan Thomas / Rande Cook, Francis Dick

September 20, 2013 - September 20, 2013

Co-curated by lessLIE, Rande Cook and Nicole Stanbridge | Ker and Centennial Galleries

This exhibition highlights new and recent works from Coast Salish artists lessLIE and Dylan Thomas, and Kwakwaka’wakw artists Rande Cook and Francis Dick.

The work encompasses personal stories, community histories and exploration of current events offering a unique view of First Nations art production in this region. Varied in their approaches, the work selected for this exhibition references cross-cultural forms, re-appropriation of North American visual culture, and an honouring of individuals and ideas from the cultural history of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw communities. The themes explored by the artists range from intimate personal narratives, and extend to broader mainstream issues functioning as social commentary. The works reflect urban First Nations identity from the unique perspective of these four artists.

In conjunction with the exhibition we have an interactive area that invites visitors to get hands on with Northwest Coast design elements in addition to a range of Public Programs. These include: artists’ tours; a panel discussion on the relationship between art and the Indigenous Resurgence Movement; our Urbanite event featuring Chris Bose and the indigenous audio-visual crew Skookum Sound System, as well as our ever popular Family Sunday event. See our calendar for times and dates.

*Free gallery admission for members of the First Nations community during the run of the exhibition. This does not apply for programs that are ticketed events.


Did you love this exhibition? Check out artist lessLIE’s intervention into Victoria’s public spaces this Fall. More info available here.


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