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Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibition: Marianne Nicolson

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Friday, May 19th, 2017
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Marianne Nicolson


Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land


Curated by Jesse Birch and Liz Park 


April 21 - July 2, 2017


Join us for the opening reception, Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm


Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson, Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm Shaw Auditorium, Vancouver Island Conference Centre 101 Gordon St, Nanaimo


Nanaimo Art Gallery 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.


This exhibition showcases Nicolson's creative scope through paintings, light-installations, and video. Many of the works invite visitors to share the artist's pressing concerns about the waters that surround and course through land, and serve as a gauge for the health of coastal communities. Rivers, inlets, harbours, and tides are points of reference throughout the exhibition.


Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land was developed in dialogue with Nanaimo, a harbour city, and hub of resource extraction and distribution on Vancouver Island. Nicolson will also create a new public artwork on the exterior of Nanaimo Art Gallery that will be revealed at the end of the exhibition. To highlight Nicolson's interrelated practices as a linguist, anthropologist, and a visual artist, a new risograph print edition that compiles titles of Nicolson's works from 1998-2016 in both English and Kwak'wala will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition./p>


 


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


 

Cost: Donation
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: Nanaimo Art Gallery - Downtown Gallery
150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Nanaimo Art Gallery
chrisk@nanaimogallery.ca
7541750
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