indigenous-contemporary-art

Jimmie Durham | Self Portrait. 1986

Durham can be seen exploring the problematic notion of the “Indian” in his piece ‘Self Portrait’. Asking the audience who decides your identity and where does Indigenous agency come from in a world that only wants an ‘Imaginary Indian’.

Alan Syliboy

Alan Syliboy is a prominent Mi’kmaq artist whose works are inspired by traditional Mi’kmaq pictographs found across Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaq history/identity and myths.

Syliboy’s paintings and drum work speaks to a link in contemporary Mi’kmaq life as inherently tied to history and cultural traditions.  This link can also be found in Syliboy’s animated short Little Thunder, inspired by the legend The Stone Canoe, in which Syliboy presents Indigenous humour, culture, and art as contemporary and traditional.