Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota/Canadian, b. 1959) works in photography, video, and performance art to investigate Indigenous history and culture. She has exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States), the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney). Her work is held in numerous Canadian collections, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She was awarded the 2020 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Claxton is Head and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).
This book consolidates our understanding of Dana Claxton’s dominant and recurring themes—indigenous history, culture, beauty and spirituality. While Claxton’s art often alludes to the destructive legacy of colonialism, it also celebrates the resurgence of First Nations’ presence and contemporary identity. What emerges is an artist delivering works of ever greater power and conviction. With her expansive and genre-defying practice—photography, videos, mixed-media installations, text works, performances and curatorial work—she continues to critically reimagine the space of the gallery to be accessible for wider Indigenous audiences and to uphold new understandings of beauty.
Co-published by Steidl and Scotiabank Photography Award, Toronto
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton
A Core Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival