September 10-26, 2021
Distance is a multi-media exploration of familiarity, self-location, and the occupation of land. Through various sculptures, paintings, and beaded works Michif artist Rain Cabana-Boucher delves into ideas of kinship in relation to land, and what it means to be an Indigenous artist occupying and creating on lands that are not your own. In this exhibition she contemplates her role as an Indigenous person living on unceded territories in British Columbia, the ongoing colonial violence the Canadian government ceaselessly inflicts upon their Indigenous peoples, and reminisces of her homelands on Treaty 6 territories while acknowledging her own settler roots. Self-location is a critical and complex aspect of living in a settler-colonial state, and Distance asks visitors to critically engage with the space they occupy on these lands. This exhibition opens Friday, September 10th from 7-9pm.
About the Artist
Rain Cabana-Boucher is a Michif/British settler interdisciplinary artist raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, treaty 6 territory. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Rain’s practice explores autobiographical themes in relation to place and politics. Rain will be attending PILOTENKUECHE international artist residency as an artist-in-residence in 2022. She is currently living and working on the stolen land of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱ SÁNEĆ First Nations.
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Looking forward to seeing the work in Xchanges Gallery…great location for such an evocative exhibition.