Dana Claxton

2019 Archive

Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), born in Yorkton, SK, Canada; lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada) works in film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual. Claxton’s work has been shown internationally at venues including: Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Sundance Film Festival; Eiteljorg Museum; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Claxton’s first major survey show opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018. She is Department Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


Dana Claxton at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Claxton’s LED fireboxes are a testament to the beauty and resilience of Indigenous women. In these portraits the face of each sitter is subsumed by their cultural belongings—layers of beaded necklaces, embroidered bags, fringed hairpieces, and quilled earrings, implying an identity formed by relations and exchange. Most of the belongings…