Guest curated by Vancouver-based Gitxaala/British curator/artist Leena Minifie, this exhibition opens at the Dunlop Art Gallery on Friday April 15 and includes work by six indigenous artists: Joi T. Arcand, Sonny Assu , Julianne Beaudin-Herney, Shaun Beyale, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Jeffrey Veregge.
You can find out more on the show on the Dunlop website, but the basic premise is that Minifie is exploring parallels between superheroes in modern pop culture and supernatural characters of one kind or another that are featured in indigenous myths and legends.
Often, those stories were transmitted orally. Superheroes in pop culture, conversely, have their roots in comic books — so through their work the artists are also examining the intersection between the oral and the visual and how those different strategies can be used to transmit meaning.
When Raven Became Spider opens with a talk by Minifie on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a reception. Then the following weekend Julianne Beaudin-Herney (pictured above) will be doing a performance involving her heroine Super Neckbone Woman at Fan Expo Regina. The performance is called A Historic Confrontation, and it will be held Saturday, April 23 from 10-10:15 am outside Fan Expo at Evraz Place, and again from 1-1:15 pm at the Regina Public Library booth inside Fan Expo.
When Raven Became Spider runs at the Dunlop Gallery until June 22.