B.C.'s young aboriginal artists
The Tyee recently published an insightful look into the art practice of young aboriginal artists in B.C.
The article speaks with artists working in various mediums, teachers and curators.
Among the many issues the article raises, one is the idea of "contemporary Aboriginal art."
What is 'contemporary'?
Duffek says there's a notion that contemporary Aboriginal art is limited to art that incorporates mixed media, like photography or video installations.
She believes that traditional art forms created for use today are just as contemporary.
"Art being made for use by the community is not nostalgic. It's a very, very contemporary thing to do... a strengthening thing to do. The artists who are creating work to supply that kind of use need to be acknowledged in that way."
Simeon says one of his proudest moments as an artist was when he carved six bracelets in exchange for a potlatch ceremony in which he was given his Haida name.
"That felt so good, to be able to do something in the context of our culture."
Rest of the article can be found here.