grunt gallery presents Don’t Go Hungry, a multimedia exhibition with work by artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Csetkwe Fortier.
The artists turn our attention toward the stcuwin (salmon) as a traditional food source via process and connection. The decline of cultural harvest due to disease, climate change and overfishing has left both animal and human in a struggle to survive; the exhibition investigates this topic with new works in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media.
Csetkwe Fortier elaborates on her painting practice and focus on preservation of traditional foods, “The jars of stcuwin (salmon) represent the preservation and processing of cultural nutrition… It is through the use of image, colour, and technique that I express my sadness, frustration and hope in respect to the threat to our health. The content of the jars symbolize the entrapment and dependence that the corporations and government are trying to enforce on the people, by making deals where the land is poisoned.”
Bracken Hanuse Corlett further relates his definition of hunger; “I have been hungry to learn the old ways in a new day. I am hungry for many things that used to be our birth rite: language, songs, forms, ceremony, hunting, fishing, gathering… Through use of new media and old my work is an attempt to calm the hunger pains and bring attention to our story.”
The artists acknowledge an active and ongoing mentorship with artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, throughout the creation of this exhibition. Bracken describes the relationship as multifaceted. “He has given us invaluable tips and tricks that have helped our technical process in painting and we have had good talks about concept, form, Indian politics and life, art world dealings, and the history of Indigenous art on the coast and in the Interior [of British Columbia]. Yuxweluptun is in many ways a trickster, comedian, historian and just a fun dude to sit and talk with. He has a very big presence and yet is still a very humble man.” Yuxweluptun is curating the work featured in the exhibition.
Join grunt gallery for the opening reception on Thursday September 5th from 7pm–10pm. The exhibition will run from September 5th – October 12th, 2013. Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Csetkwe Fortier and artist mentor, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, will be in attendance.
Don’t Go Hungry review by Gizem Sozen