Boarder X explores the intersections between Indigenous culture and boarding culture

The exhibition delves into the theme of reverence for the land through art by Indigenous surfers, snowboarders and skateboarders.
Mason Mashon photography, Untitled, 2015, digital photograph. (Mason Mashon)

On at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Boarder X features pieces by Indigenous artists who surf, skate, and snowboard. Jaimie Isaac is the curator of the exhibition. "I think there is a direct relationship to the land," explains Isaac, "whether it's skateboarding and responding to the environment of the urban terrain or snowboarding responding to those immovable mountains."

The exhibition opened with a half-pipe installed right inside the gallery. Isaac says, "it took a while" to convince the gallery to allow for this, but she notes, "it's a different way of thinking about cultural experience and a different way of thinking about public space." Mark Igloliorte, one of the artists whose work is on display, says, "there was so much energy in the room" on opening night. 

Mark Igloliorte, My Yellow Aquanaut, 2016 (Mark Igloliorte)

From weaving and carving to photography and conceptual performance, Isaac says the exhibit is, "interdisciplinary that way and it's really challenging ideas of traditional and contemporary art."

Boarder X is on now until April 23, 2017 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Find more details here.

Jordan Bennett, The Basket Ladies, 2014, carving with ink on wood and video installation. (Jordan Bennett)


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