Dana Claxton

2019 Archive

Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota, born in 1959, Yorkton, Canada; lives in Vancouver, Canada) is a critically acclaimed artist/filmmaker in video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Dana’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Her first major survey exhibition was at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018. She is department head and professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations in Southwest Saskatchewan.


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…