Jan 1 Apr 2 '17
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.

Reading the urban terrain, making a cement jungle a playground, riding the natural contours of white immovable mountains, or shredding the ever-changing waves: these are responses to the land. It’s not about controlling land and water, but being humbled by their power.

Beyond claiming space, the artwork recognizes human existence in relation to vast geographies and how we’ve thrived in those spaces. Surfing has a long history of Indigenous ways of being, originating from pre-contact Polynesian cultures. Skateboarding and snowboarding emerged in the 1960s and 80s respectively, and for a time were popular in subcultures resisting the mainstream.

Boarder X celebrates the intersection of art, culture, and boarding practices, reflecting perspectives and critiques related to the territories we occupy. 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 that also includes painting, mixed media, and performance is an affirmation of cultural resilience and an acknowledgement of ongoing respect and reverence for the land.

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