Montreal, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Art, hip-hop, and native culture are the focus of a current exhibition at Montreal’s Musée d’art Contemporain, on display until 5 January 2014. Entitled “Beat Nation”, the show seeks to represent a generation of artists who link urban culture to their native identity in order to produce bold works of art.
Various disciplines are featured at the event, including paintings, sculptures, installations, performances and videos. The exhibition has chosen hip-hop as the point of departure, but présents works which extend to the theme of urban culture more generally, considering aspects such as graffiti and fashion. Since the 1990’s, hip-hop has influenced a variety of disciplines, and propelled the activism of the Aboriginal youth.
Works include grafitti murals featuring Haida characters, sculptures carved from skateboards, and video remixes produced using Hollywood films. The show includes Canadian artists who, despite living and working in geographically diverse regions (with participants hailing from Alaska to New Mexico), produce pieces which express a link to native culture – which is nevertheless continually evolving.
Artists featured in “Beat Nation” are: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams, Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly, Corey Bulpitt & Aime Milot, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon, Dana Claxton, Dustinn Craig, Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman, Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore and Rolande Souliere.