First Nations Artist Forum: Role of Art in Decolonization

XENALEKEN: First Nations Artist Forum 

Saturday, November 9, 2013  
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Panel Discussion at 1 p.m.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street

The role of Aboriginal art in decolonization is the theme for XENALEKEN (pronounced XWENG ALA KUN), a First Nations Artist Forum that will feature a dynamic panel discussion on the contributions of Aboriginal artwork to the Indigenous Resurgence Movement.

Moderator Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, a Professor and founder of the University of Victoria's Indigenous Governance Program, will be joined by First Nations artists lessLIE, Marianne Nicholson and Tania Willard. Meet the artists and learn about the philosophy, themes, perspectives and motivation behind their work. The panel discussion begins at 1 p.m.

The event will include admission to the Gallery, including the exhibition Urban Thunderbirds/Ravens in a Material World, and light refreshments.

The title of the event is a Sencoten word meaning "rapid tides", which refers to the ongoing, transformative impact Aboriginal artists are making in their communities.

Tickets are $5 and are available online at Eventbrite.  Tickets are limited so please purchase tickets in advance to ensure your participation in this event.

The XENALEKEN: First Nations Artist Forum is presented by the City of Victoria in partnership with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and sponsored in part by Kitchens of Distinction.

We hope you can join us.

Learn more about the artists and moderator.