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EXHIBITIONS


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MARIANNE NICOLSON
Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land

April 21 - July 2, 2017
Curated by Jesse Birch and Liz Park
Join us for the opening reception, Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm

Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Marianne Nicolson, a Victoria BC based artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱'enux̱w First Nations descent. The Dzawada'enuxw People are a member tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Nicolson's work first came to prominence in 1998 when she scaled a cliff face near her ancestral village Gwa'yi to paint a 11.5 meter high by 8.5 meter wide pictographic crest symbol that shows the origin story of her people. This was the first petrograph in the region in more than sixty years, and marks the continued vitality of the Dzawada'enuxw. Operating as a potent expression of land rights and community connections, this work anchors the exhibition Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land.
 

Image: Marianne Nicolson, cliff painting in progress, Kingcome Inlet, 1998

NEWS AND EVENTS

 
 

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Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of Black Diamond Dust, co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder. 

This publication expands on the multisite contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged local and international histories, as investigated and discussed through contemporary art, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images. 
 
The publication features texts by Jesse Birch, Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Michael Taussig; together with artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Culley, Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, Gray Metal, Devon Knowles, Yuanchen Liu, William Notman & Son, Jerry Pethick, Mimi Pickering, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers
 
Black Diamond Dust is the first of three projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. We look forward to celebrating the publication with a formal launch in the near future! 
 
Black Diamond Dust publications are available now at the gallery store for $30.00.  

 

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