Dana Claxton

Dana Claxton is a critically acclaimed international exhibiting artist. She works in film, video, photography, single and multi- channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates indigenous beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, MN), Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City (UT), Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis (IN) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU), Cyrstal Bridges (Bentonville, AR), with exhibitions at Nasher Gallery of Art at Duke University (Durham, NC), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (TN) and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Minneapolis (MN). Her work is held in Canadian public and private collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and the Audain Museum. She has received numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2020), the Scotiabank Photography Award (2020), the VIVA Award , the Eiteljorg Fellowship, the Hnatyshyn Award, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. In 2018, she had a solo survey exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her new body of work premiered at the inaugural edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto ON.

She is Head and a Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the University of British Columbia. She is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations located in SW Saskatchewan and she resides in Vancouver Canada.

Artist Code: 485


He Who Dreams

2013, 50:32 minutes, colour, English

Her Sugar Is?

2009, 02:36 minutes, colour

Dana Claxton - for educational sales

2008, 41:00 minutes, Colour, English


2007, 09:51 minutes, Colour, sound, closed captions

Gunplay 2

2007, 01:30 minutes, colour, English

Say It's Ok

2006, 02:11 minutes, colour, English

The Patient Storm

2006, 08:00 minutes, colour

Anwolek Regatta City

2006, 04:37 minutes, Colour, English

Gun Play

2004, 02:45 minutes, Colour, English

The Hill

2004, 03:49 minutes, Colour, English


2003, 07:20 minutes, colour, English

The People Dance

2001, 23:51 minutes, colour, English


2001, 07:09 minutes, colour, English

Look Honey... A Guerilla Girl! (silent)

1997, 02:00 minutes, Colour, English

Buffalo Bone China

1997, 12:00 minutes, Colour, English

The Red Paper

1996, 14:00 minutes, colour, English

The Shirt

1994, 06:27 minutes, Colour, English

I Want To Know Why

1994, 06:20 minutes, Colour, English

Tree Of Consumption

1993, 11:47 minutes, B&W

Critical Writing

Curatorial Incubator v. 16: Living in Hope
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2021.
Curatorial Incubator v. 13: The Job of Life
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2016.
Close Readings
by Richard William Hill. C Magazine, Summer 2016.
Saskatchewan Gothic
by Elizabeth Matheson and Dr. Christine Ramsay.
Of the Moment / In the Moment
by Lisa Myers. Toronto: V tape, 2014.
Sell-abrasion of our nations
by Brenda L. Croft. Stop(the)Gap: International Indigenous art in motion, 2011.
"arrives asking, demanding something of us"
by Janice Hladki. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
The Ongoing Powers of Dana Claxton
by Jeremy Todd. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
Ardent Spaces, Formidable Environments
by Patricia R. Zimmerman. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
Dana Claxton and the Graceful Art of Rage
by Dayna McLeod. No More Potlucks, Nov. 2010, no. 12.
Pushing Boundaries: "Non Compliance" Short Experimental Program at...
by Carla Taunton. Fuse, Winter 2010, v. 33, no. 1.
Indigenous (re)memory and resistance: video works by Dana Claxton
by Clara Taunton. Post Script - Essays in Film and Humanities, Summer 2010, v. 29, no. 3.
Riding a New Wave
by Harmony Rice. Spirit, Fall 2007, v. 4, no. 2.
In The Blink of An Eye: Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri...
by Stacey Abramson. C Magazine, Summer 2007, no. 94.
Decolonizing Colonial Violence: The Subversive Practices of...
by Janice Hladki. Canadian Woman Studies, 2006, v. 25, no. 1-2.
Language of Intercession: ARTICULE/DAZIBAO/OBORO
by James L. Gillespie. Canadian Art, Summer 2005, v. 22, no. 2.
Testimony of Actions, Actions of Testimony
by Glenn Alteen. Blackflash, 2003, v. 21, no. 1.
Canadians make themselves seen and heard: Crazy for Fubar
by Jim Holt. The National Post, Jan. 14, 2002.
3 Women Curators
by Cynthia Lickers. Toronto: Vtape, 2002.
ImagineNATIVE: writing back indigenous culture
by Kalli Paakspuu. POV, Winter 2001, no. 45.
Asian Invasion vs. The Pristine Nation: Migrants entering the...
by Larissa Lai. Fuse, Sept. Fall 2000, v. 23, no. 2.
Tranz<->Tech 1999 Catalogue
Toronto: Vtape, 1999.
First Vancouver Aboriginal Film Festival A Success
by Ronald B. Barbour. First Nations Drum, Dec. 1998.
Our Collective Fears
by Sherri Telenko. id Magazine, Fall 1998.
From Chaos to Creation: Ed Video Screening twelve works at the...
by Michelle Elle Pettis. The Ontario Magazine for Artists, Dec. Winter 1998.
Chaos and Disaster inspires video artists
by Alan Ferris. The Guelph Mercury, Nov. 27 Winter, 1998.
Twenty Bold, Brash and Beautiful Years
by Lynn Wanyeki. Fuse, Spring 1994, v. 17, no. 3.
"It's a Cultural Thing"
by Cheryl L'Hirondelle. Parallelogramme, 1993, v. 19, no. 3.