Friday, November 6, 2009 - 5:00am - 6:00am
Recita Hall November 6, 2009
Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, multi channel installation, performance, curation, aboriginal broadcasting and pedagogy. Her work has been exhibited internationally and held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship. Currently she is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University and her artwork has been selected for the 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010.
The main intent of her practice has been to seek justice for aboriginal people through the arts and share the possibilities of spirit in the gallery, the class and on the screen. Of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux descent, she was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan and lives in Vancouver.
Claxton’s work is held in public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Bank of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Eitlejorg Museum (Indianapolis) and has been screened internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), at Sundance Film Festival, and Microwave in Hong Kong. She received the VIVA Award (Shadbolt Foundation) and in 2007 became an Eiteljorg Fellow given by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (Indianapolis). Claxton was the 2003 Global Television Chair at the University of Regina, School of Journalism. She is a member of the Aboriginal Educational Council for the Ontario College of Art and Design and has taught at Emily Carr University and Simon Fraser University. Dana Claxton is of Lakota descent and her family reserve is Woodmountain.
Attached image: To Mark On Surface, 3 channel video installation, 2009