WAG Presents Film on the Art of Carl Beam

Aakideh: The Art and Legacy of Carl Beam offers an intimate look at the man considered to be one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal artists. The Winnipeg premiere will screen at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday, September at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the WAG’s front desk or at the door.

Carl Beam (1943-2005) earned a reputation for being fearless, visionary, and, ultimately, unforgettable. As a child on Manitoulin Island, Beam was given the Ojibwe name Aakideh, meaning “one who is brave” or “braveheart.” This documentary explores how his childhood and his turbulent years at a residential school impacted Beam’s life and his art. Personal remembrances, along with insights about his art and ideas, are vividly illustrated through dozens of Beam’s artworks, family photos, interviews, performance videos, and journals. The film begins just after Beam received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts shortly before his death. Introducing his story, his wife Ann recounts some highlights of their life together as well as his art career. His daughter Anong discusses her thoughts about preparing for her father’s retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada.

Critic Jane Hubbard wrote Aakideh “offers a very personal glimpse of the artist, his family, and his creative mind. It enlightens the audience about the man and his work without ever being didactic.”



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