Organized and circulated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, curated by Jaimie Isaac
Boarder X presents contemporary work by artists from Indigenous nations across Canada who surf, skate and snowboard. The exhibition reveals how these practices are vehicles to challenge conformity and status quo, as well as demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. Whether reading the urban terrain, making a cement jungle a playground, riding the natural contours of white immovable mountains, or shredding the ever-changing waves, it’s not about controlling land and water, but being humbled by their power.
Through painting, mixed media, carving, weaving, photography, performance and video, the artists reflect cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives, as well as critiques about the territories we occupy. The paintings present narratives and observations of traditions, movement, balance, and entanglements of space, place and belonging. Mobilizing traditional histories, the artwork conceptually bridges the past and present with reinventions in carving, weaving and performance. Video and photography capture the energy of boarding with unbridled motivation and physicality. The exhibition presents cultural thrivence and active presence – creating a space for engagement through art, culture and boarding. It is an affirmation and transmission of cultural resilience and acknowledgement of ongoing respect and reverence for the land.
Micheal Langan / Colonialism Skateboards with Kent Monkman, The Four Continents (2018). Skateboard decks, 78.7 x 20.3 cm. Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy Art Gallery of Alberta, Charles Cousins.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.