Artist Strain Subverts the Colonial Gaze

Manuel Axel Strain
Unsettling Perspectives: Subverting the Colonial Gaze
Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts
January 9 – 26, 2019

I love checking out little art shows around Vancouver, and last night I got the chance to see one at the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts for the first time. Manuel Axel Strain is an artist of Coast Salish, Secwepemc, and Okanagan descent and has created a powerful body of work that speaks to the current issues of marginalization and persisting colonial attitudes. Not only is this exhibit an important addition to the dialogue around these issues, but it could not have been more timely considering the current escalation of the standoff on Wet’Suwet’en Territory by militarized police. The show is on until January 26th – go see it!

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