Boarder X Opening Reception and Open Skate

Boarder X Opening Reception and Open Skate

July 6, 2018 at 6:00pm

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of Boarder X.

As part of the opening on July 6, an 8' quarter pipe and ramps will be constructed in the Gallery with demos scheduled from local businesses, Tiki Room and Colonialism Skateboard along with our supporting sponsor Vans.

Admission is free I Everyone welcome

600 - 7:30 PM: Demo from Tiki Room and Colonialism Skateboards

7:30 PM: Exhibition formalities

7:45-10:00 PM - Open skate, and reception

Please note: please bring your own safety gear (helmets or pads will not be available or provided).

About Boarder X: Boarder X presents contemporary work by artists from Indigenous nations across Canada who surf, skate, and snowboard. The exhibition reveals how these practices are vehicles to challenge conformity and status quo, as well as demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. Whether reading the urban terrain, making a cement jungle a playground, riding the natural contours of white immovable mountains, or shredding the ever-changing waves, it’s not about controlling land and water, but being humbled by their power.

Through painting, mixed media, carving, weaving, photography, performance, and video, the artists reflect cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives, as well as critiques about the territories we occupy. The paintings present narratives and observations of traditions, movement, balance, and entanglements of space, place, and belonging. Mobilizing traditional histories, the artwork conceptually bridges the past and present with reinventions in carving, weaving, and performance. Video and photography capture the energy of boarding with unbridled motivation and physicality. The exhibition is an affirmation of cultural resilience and an acknowledgement of ongoing respect and reverence for the land.