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UBC Okanagan spotlights Syilx art during National Indigenous History Month – Castanet

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 202347 Views

Jun 5, 2023

You are on Syilx Territory is the name of one of two exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous art that go on display at the UBC Okanagan Gallery, to mark National Indigenous History Month.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Indigenous Art Intensive is hosting two exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous art starting this week.

“You are on Syilx Territory features new acquisitions from UBC Okanagan’s Public Art Collection, and is a call to action, to indigenize the university’s art collection that currently has only eight works by Syilx artists,” says Dr. Stacey Koosel, UBC Okanagan Gallery curator and Indigenous Art Intensive co-ordinator.

The exhibition contains paintings by celebrated Syilx painters, Sheldon Louis, Coralee Miller, David Wilson and Manuel Axel Strain. Koosel points out that the exhibition represents less than one per cent of the collection that houses more than 800 projects.

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