Dana Claxton: The Mustang Suite
Kelowna BC June 9-July 31, 2008
Dana Claxton, Mustang Suite, production still [Alternator Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 9-Jul 21]
Drawing from her personal and ancestral history, Claxton creates photo-based and video installations to investigate the impact of colonialism and imperialism on indigenous cultures. Claxton's ancestors are the Lakota people who fled to Canada with Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. The Mustang Suite is an imaginative evocation of dancing horses accompanied by a suite of photos.
The Mustang Suite is being shown in conjunction with On Common Ground, a national media arts festival. Organized by the Alternator Gallery and the Ullus Collective, a regional group of Aboriginal filmmakers, the festival (June 10 to June 15) is part of the biennial conference of the Independent Media Arts Alliance.
Dana Claxton is one of Canada's most influential interdisciplinary artists. Her work, which includes film and video, installation, performance and photography, has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), the Sundance Festival (Utah), Microwave (Hong Kong), Rencontres Internationale (Paris/Berlin), Caixiforum Fundació la Caixa (Barcelona), Biennale D'art Contemporain du Havre (France), WRO 03 Globalica 10th International Media Art Biennale (Poland) and the Guangdong Museum of Art (China). Claxton taught at the Indigenous Media Arts Group and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, and was the 2003 Global Television Chair at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. A recipient of the VIVA Award in 2001, she also became an Eiteljorg Fellow in 2007.