The Dreaming: Dana Claxton’s video art, curated by Winston Xin, October 11 – 28

The Dreaming: Dana Claxton’s video art, curated by Winston Xin, October 11 – 28

October 11th – 28th, 2023
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
4th floor, 401 Richmond St. West
Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
(Open until 6:30 pm Wed., Oct. 18 for the Art Crawl!)

Please join us on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 6:05 pm ET for the annual imagineNATIVE Art Crawl. For tickets and more details please visit https://imaginenative.org/events/artcrawl/ 

Presented in partnership with the 2023 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Dana Claxton is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist working in video, film, performance art, installations, and photography. The Dreaming is a survey of her video works, which deal with anti-colonialist tactics and Lakota mysticism, ideologies, and aesthetics, mixed with her personal observations of our contemporary culture.

Curator Bio

Winston Xin is a Malaysian-born artist and curator living in Vancouver. Xin was involved in the Toronto fanzine movement of the 1980s: along with Hal Kelly & Angela Ciavarella, the three of them published The Trash Compactor zine about disposable cultures. Xin was also a writer for the Canadian indie music magazine Exclaim.

He moved to Vancouver in the 90s and wrote for Xtra West, as well as joining the Out On Screen: Vancouver Queer Film & Video festival as part of their collective and as a programmer. Xin has also worked as a programmer for Video In Studios (VIVO) and is a co-founder of Asian Heritage Month Vancouver. His video shorts and curated programs have been shown nationally and internationally. He currently sits on the board of On Main and has been Dana Claxton’s editor for over 25 years.

Xin’s artistic and curatorial practice revolves around the intersection of queerness and race.

Artist Bio

Dana Claxton is a critically acclaimed artist who works with film, video, photography, single/multi-channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates indigenous beauty, the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally. In 2023, she was awarded the Audain Prize for the Visual Arts, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards in the arts. She has also received the VIVA Award (2001), Eiteljorg Fellowship (2007), Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award (2019), YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2019), Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2020) and the Scotiabank Photography Award (2020). She won Best Experimental Film at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival (2013).

Fringing the Cube, her solo survey exhibition was mounted at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2018) and the body of work Headdress premiered at the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto ON (2019). She is Professor and Head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation, located in SW Saskatchewan, and she resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Dana comments, “I am grateful for all the support my artwork and cultural work has received. I am indebted to the sun and my sundance teachings – mni ki wakan – water is sacred.”