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Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton

Fall 2021
Main Gallery
Curator: Gaëlle Morel

Drawing from Indigenous history, contemporary culture, and spirituality, this exhibition celebrates the career of Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award. A Hunkpapa Lakota photographer and filmmaker, Claxton examines stereotypes and representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture. This selection of artworks confronts issues of colonialist appropriation and commodification through an wide-ranging exploration of the artist’s family and community in the Great Plains, Saskatchewan.


Artist Talk with Dana Claxton
Online via Zoom 

A Core Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

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A person throwing a lasso with a tall hat and a fringed jacket stands next to a low-rider bicycle in front of a turquoise background.
Fig. 1

Dana Claxton, Lasso, 2018, LED firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Audain BC Art Acquisition Fund

Artist Bio

Dana Claxton

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).

Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton

A Core Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival