SONNY ASSU: A RADICAL MIXING
Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 Start time: 11:00 am
Venue: Canada House
From sci-fi to superheroes, interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. Raised in North Delta BC, a suburb of Vancouver, it wasn’t until Assu was eight years old that he learnt of his Liǥwildaʼxw/Kwakwaka’wakw roots. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Assu uses humour and irony to unsettle misconceptions of Indigenous peoples and expose the enduring legacies of colonization.
Grappling with autobiography, family history, Indigenous visual culture and the crosscurrents that shape his worldview, Assu proposes a radical mixing that is politically charged and deeply personal.
Curated by The Baldwin Gallery in association with ORIGINS, this is the first solo presentation of Assu’s work in the UK and coincides with his residency at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.
Mon-Fri 11am to 5.45pm
Sonny Assu, The Speculator Boom: Careful, Shugah, You’re Almost Smiling, 2018, chalk paint and collage on panel, 68” x 44” (173 cm x 112 cm). Equinox Gallery, Vancouver