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Contemporary Indigenous art takes centre stage at UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan presents shows fostering cultural understanding
Krystle Silverfox, an Indigenous artist in residence at UBCO, has her artwork exhibited at the FINA gallery on UBCO’s campus until August 24th. (UBC Okanagan handout photo)

Two exhibitions showcasing contemporary Indigenous art opened at UBC Okanagan.

The joint opening reception of the exhibitions, Invisible Forces and You are on Syilx Territory, was hosted by the FINA Gallery at UBCO on Wednesday (June 7).

Stacey Koosel, UBC Okanagan Gallery curator and Indigenous Art Intensive co-ordinator expressed her pride in presenting the shows with such exceptional artists at UBCO.

Among the featured artists, was Tiffany Shaw an accomplished Métis architect, artist, and curator from Alberta. Shaw’s artwork showcased at the exhibition delves into the theme of grief work, exploring the passing of her mother and the generational connections within her family. Using weaving techniques, Shaw traverses the realms of grief while also emphasizing the significance of the seventh generation. Her goal is to inspire and influence viewers, encouraging them to explore their own artistic practices. She aims to challenge preconceived notions of Indigenous art and expand the understanding of its thriving and evolving nature.

The works of You are on Syilx Territory are part of UBCO’s Public Art Collection. Koosel emphasizes that the exhibition serves as a call to action, aiming to indigenize the university’s art collection, which currently has a limited representation of Syilx artists. These two exhibitions and all activities as integral components of the Indigenous Art Intensive are free and open to the public.

The exhibitions are open daily from June 8 to August 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of weekends. Visitors are encouraged to explore the captivating world of Indigenous art brought to life at UBCO.

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