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Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton

Main Gallery
Spring 2021
Curator: Gaëlle Morel

Including both recent “fireboxes” (lightboxes) and never-before-shown photographs, 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 challenges stereotypes and representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture. Drawing from Indigenous history as well as contemporary life, culture, and spirituality, this selection of landscapes, objects, and portraits offers an intimate exploration of the artist’s relationship to the Great Plains, Claxton’s birthplace. 

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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 lightjet duratrans. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery 

Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton