Dana Claxton

Dana Claxton is an interdisciplinary artist working with film and video, installation, performance and photography.

She has taught with the Indigenous Media Arts Group (Vancouver) and Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (Vancouver). Claxton was the 2003 Global Television Chair at the University of Regina in the School of Journalism where she taught Television and Radio broadcasting from the perspective of critical thinking and experimentation with sound and images. Dana was awarded the prestigious VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation and in 2007 became an Eiteljorg Fellow sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

Her work is held in public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Bank of Canada and Caixiforum Fundacio la Caixa, (Barcelona). Her work has been screened internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Sundance Festival (Utah) and Microwave in Hong Kong.

She is an active member in the arts community and has participated in panel discussions, juries, curatorial projects, advisory committees, mentoring youth and young artists.


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

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.
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.
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.