Resurgence: Indigequeer Identities

By: Bill Reid Gallery

Exhibition was on view October 21, 2020 - January 24, 2021

How do the lives of 2Spirit people challenge and transcend colonial understanding of gender and sexuality?

The new exhibition Resurgence: Indigequeer Identities, curated by Toonasa Luggi which celebrates the deeply personal and profound work of four 2Spirit artists; and their unique identities and stories as queer Indigenous people. The featured works by artists Levi Nelson (Lil’wat First Nation), Jaz Whitford (Secwepemc), Morgan Whitehead (Plains Cree) and Raven John (Coast Salish/Sto:lo) explore the roles the artists see themselves playing in their communities today, influenced by their own rich experiences that reflect the diversity of Indigequeer love and life.

Delving into themes of Indigequeer existence, resistance and resilience, Resurgence: Indigequeer Identities showcases various mediums from large-scale portrait and abstract paintings, traditionally-inspired jewelry, clothing and accessories with a twist, and colourful and creative sculptural art. 

Artwork by Levi Nelson, Two-Spirited Medicine Man Named Old Doctor, 2020. Acrylic, silkscreen and collage on canvas (detail).

Watch the recorded Resurgence: Indigequeer Identities Panel Discussion.

Supported by the BC Arts Council, Metro Vancouver, RBC Foundation and the Hamber Foundation; and presented as part of the Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program.