Salmon Arm Art Gallery is pleased to present Kanata/Qelmúculucw, an exhibition by Aboriginal artists exploring what it means to be Canadian at this time of reconciliation. The exhibition opens on Friday, October 6 at 7pm with live music and refreshments, and continues to November 10, 2017.
Kanata refers to the misinterpretation of the original word that we now know as Canada. This is but one example of the misunderstandings of colonial Canada in its encroachment on the land. By appropriating the words used for the land and making them into the English language, we can use this colonial act as a metaphor for relations in Canada in 2017. Kanata will hold space for First Nations artists working in this area to showcase how they are exploring and making new understandings of Canada and its relations. Curated by Splatsin artist Aaron Leon, the exhibition will feature works by Dion Kaszas, Tania Willard, David Wilson and Mary Thomas.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Gail Dyer. Coffee Break and Artist Talk is on Thursday, October 19 at 2pm. Admission to the gallery is by donation.
Image: Mary Thomas, photograph, Self Portrait, 2016