Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project –Tatanka Oyate

September 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Symposium: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project--Tatanka Oyate (2017) is the first art exhibition to explore contemporary Sioux aesthetics in Saskatchewan. In this new work, Hunkpapa Lakota artist Dana Claxton claims the term Sioux for Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples as she dedicates herself to a careful analysis of contemporary Sioux relationships to the land. She does this by projecting interconnected stories onto four circular canvas screens. Viewers are invited into the circle to consider the many dialogues presented from hours of digital video footage and still photographs collected from a series of workshops she and Cowboy Smithx held with Sioux youth from Standing Buffalo and White Cap First Nations.

Stitched together from interviews with artists, cultural practitioners, and elders, Claxton interrogates popular culture’s tropes and romantic notions of landscape with the assemblage of diverse images and experiences. The resulting installation delivers visual stories and images that thoughtfully consider beauty in relation to intergenerational knowledge and the dispersal of Sioux peoples throughout Saskatchewan.

Organized by MacKenzie Art Gallery with support from Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, University of Regina, and South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. Additional support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and University of British Columbia Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory.