BoarderX-MAG install DBH4695x

Boarder X

Jordan Bennett, Micheal Langan/Colonialism Skateboards (in collaboration with Kent Monkman), Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Roger Crait, Steven Davies, Mark Igloliorte, Mason Mashon, Meagan Musseau, Meghann O'Brien, Les Ramsay, and Amanda Strong


Curated by Jamie Issac

Organized and circulated by Winnipeg Art Gallery

Centring contemporary works by Indigenous artists who surf, skate, and snowboard, Boarder X is an affirmation of cultural resilience and an acknowledgment of ongoing respect and reverence for the land. Paintings in the exhibition present narratives and observations of traditions, movement, balance, and entanglements of space, place, and belonging. Mobilizing traditional histories, the artworks conceptually bridge the past and present with reinventions in carving, weaving, and performance. Video and photography capture the energy of boarding with unbridled motivation and physicality.

Skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing have always embraced intersections. Situated between sport and art, these activities encourage understanding and responding to the landscape in dynamic and expressive ways. It follows that many people who are empowered by these activities are also dedicated visual artists. Nanaimo is also a place of intersections. With three skateparks, and a fourth in development, Nanaimo is an Island destination for skateboarding, set between the world-renowned mountains of the mainland and the surf culture on the Island's west coast. Boarder X is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the rich cultures surrounding these activities, through the perspectives of eleven Indigenous artists.

Image: Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Potlatch or Die
Photo by Don Hall courtesy of McKenzie Art Gallery



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