SONNY ASSU: A RADICAL MIXING AT CANADA HOUSE
Private view: Thursday June 20th, 6 – 8:30pm
Canada Gallery, Canada House Trafalgar Square SW1Y 5BJ
The artist will be in conversation with Lindsay Nixon, Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator and writer,
18:00 Doors Open | 18:30 Artist’s Talk | 19:45 Reception | 20:30 Reception ends
Please firstname.lastname@example.org by June 18th. If you are planning on attending this event, please be sure to bring photo ID to access the embassy.
* in conjunction with Canada House, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver and Art Mur, Berlin
From sci-fi to superheroes, interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. Raised in North Delta BC, a suburb of Vancouver, it wasn’t until Assu was eight years old that he learnt of his Liǥwildaʼxw/Kwakwaka’wakw roots. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Assu uses humour and irony to unsettle misconceptions of Indigenous peoples and expose enduring legacies of colonization.
Grappling with autobiography, family history, indigenous visual culture and the crosscurrents that shape his worldview, Assu proposes a radical mixing that is politically charged and deeply personal.
Curated by The Baldwin, this is the first solo presentation of Assu’s work in the UK and coincides with his residency at The Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts in Norwich.