Last month we celebrated the opening of our newest exhibition, Interface: the woven artwork of Jaad Kuujus featuring the beautiful and meticulous weavings of Kakwaka’wakw and Haida artist Meghann O'Brien.
Interface is the point where two systems or entities meet and interact which is the overall theme of this exhibit. Many Indigenous people believe their language, art and culture came from the land, however, due to the forces of colonization, this relationship had disrupted their bonds to land, family, and self.
Currently, Indigenous people are now exploring what it means to re-engage with their traditional art forms and way of life. “As weavers, we struggle to find context for our work in a modern world while retaining its spiritual and cultural significance to our own people. In the same way that textile interfacing is stitched between layers to add strength and resilience, a cultural interface relies on respect and balance.”, says Meghann O’Brien.
This celebratory evening included a territory welcome from Chief Janice George, remarks from the artist herself as well as Gallery Curator, Beth Carer, Gallery Curatorial Intern, Salia Joseph and a live performance by Haida dancers with Corey Bulpitt.
Interface will be open until January 9, 2019. Find Gallery hours and admission tickets here.