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2012|13 TOURING EXHIBITIONS


BEAT NATION

Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

February 25 to June 3, 2012

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
December 15, 2012 to May 5, 2013
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia LEFT: Installation view at The Power Plant of Marianne Nicolson, Cliff Painting, 1998, photographic wall mural, Courtesy of the Artist; Corey Bulpitt and Larissa Healey, Wasco, 2012, site-specific graffiti mural in exhibition space, Courtesy of the Artists; Mark Igloliorte, Komatik Skate Box, 2011, metal stock, plywood, acrylic paint, Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Donald Browne; Mark Igloliorte, Untitled (Red Rail), 2004, steel, metal paint, Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Donald Browne. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.
June 29 to September 7, 2013

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of grunt gallery
Co-curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery
and Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer and curator.

After its acclaimed launch at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the summer of 2012, Beat Nation embarked on an
extensive national tour that will see it travel from coast to coast visiting six cities in five provinces. The exhibition
identifies a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative
and unexpected new works—in painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video—that reflect the realities
of Aboriginal peoples today. As Aboriginal identity and culture continue to change, and as artists reinvent older
traditions into new forms of expression, their commitment to politics, storytelling, Aboriginal languages, the
land and rights remains constant, whether these are stated with drums skins or turntables, natural pigments
or spray paint, ceremonial dancing or break dancing.

Generously Supported by: The Artworkers Retirement Society, The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts,
Gary R. Bell, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge




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