WAG Brings Land Issues to the Forefront with Pair of Boarding Exhibits

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 18, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is proud to present Boarder X and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, two exhibitions demonstrating how Indigenous art, culture, and land intersect. Boarder X reveals skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing as vehicles that challenge conformity and status quo. Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, connects surfboards and video to Australian Aboriginal territory. Both exhibitions open tonight and run until spring 2017.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is working to embrace reconciliation, Indigenous communities, and their art,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Boarder X and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant support this mission by promoting a greater understanding of Indigenous culture, while tapping into the energy of boarding.”

Boarder X and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant are curated by Jaimie Isaac, the WAG’s Canada Council Curatorial Resident of Indigenous & Contemporary Art, who herself enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing. “Boarder X has created a space for active engagement through art, culture, and boarding at the WAG,” says Isaac. “The interdisciplinary art produced embodies how the artists relate to the environment and cultural landscapes. Working with these artists and Vans has been an amazing experience.”

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Mark Igloliorte. My Yellow Aquanaut 17’ 7”, 2016. Collection of hte artist.

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