Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant
NOVEMBER 19, 2016-MARCH 12, 2017
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada • Curated by Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curatorial Resident of Indigenous & Contemporary Art
This large video, text, portraiture, and surfboard exhibition is by Australian contemporary artist Vernon Ah Kee. Ah Kee relies on his Aboriginal identity as a framework to produce art; his Indigenous familial identities are intrinsic to his work. Presented alongside Boarder X, cantchant is significantly layered—the surfboards and video connect cultural identities to disputed territory around Australia’s beaches as it relates to ownership, conflict, and land claims.
Ah Kee’s surfboards reflect traditional shield designs in the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag, and on the flip side provide beautifully drawn portraits of family. The accompanying video shows Aboriginal surfers using the artist’s surfboards in fierce competition.
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Join us to celebrate the opening of two new shows – Boarder X & Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant
Friday, November 18, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm
Talks, tours, and videos relating to current exhibits.
Wednesday, December 5 to Wednesday, March 20
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday