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Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, based on an initiative of grunt gallery, and co-curated
by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator (former), Vancouver Art Gallery and Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist,
designer and curator
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC
October 10, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Dalhousie Art Gallery and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (co-presentation), Halifax, NS
March 22 to May 18, 2014

After its acclaimed launch at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the summer of 2012, Beat Nation embarked on an
extensive national tour that saw 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 current
realities of Aboriginal peoples today.
As Aboriginal identities and cultures 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 drum skins or turntables, natural pigments or spray paint, ceremonial
dancing or break dancing.

This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald/Eye and I,
The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, and Gary R. Bell.

BELOW: Installation view of Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
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