Opening + Artist Talk | Two-Spirit Siksika Artist Adrian Stimson

Adrian Stimson at SUM Sept 6th and 8th 2018!
Posted: Tue, 2018-09-04 13:39

SUM Gallery's second exhibition Naked Napi presents new work by two-spirit Siksika artist Adrian Stimson. Stimson previously curated the UnSettled visual art exhibition for our 2017 Two-Spirit and Indigequeer curated Queer Arts Festival. Naked Napi is Stimson’s first solo exhibition since winning the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts earlier this year.

In this site-specific installation of sculpture, drawings, and paintings, Stimson reimagines the traditional Siksika (Blackfoot) tales of Napi in the present and challenges the colonial erasure of Indigenous bodies, power, and sexual histories.

Napi is a trickster often referred to as the “Old Man” who came from the sun, quasi-creator alongside the "Old Woman." Crazy and funny but also brutal and mean, Napi is a sort of moral guide, giving insight into the human condition.

 “My intent in creating Naked Napi is to celebrate the human body, to appropriate some of the historical De Bry and Catlin male images, bring them into the present, exorcise the horrors that these Two Spirited people faced, to reclaim our power, bodies and sexuality.” - Adrian Stimson

Adrian Stimson Artist Talk
Friday September 6 at 7pm
Full Circle (416 - 268 Keefer St, Vancouver)

Naked Napi
Opening Saturday September 8 from 2 - 4pm
Exhibition runs from September 8 to December 8
SUM Gallery (425 - 268 Keefer St, Vancouver)
Gallery hours Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm

Presentation Partner: Full Circle First Nations Performance
Curator: SD Holman