BODY LANGUAGE Vancouver 2018

Body Language

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, celebrating its 10th anniversary, presents the premiere exhibition, BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, on display June 8th, 2018 – January 13th, 2019.

Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.

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Prior to the 1885 Potlatch ban, the art of tattooing and piercing was integral to Northwest Indigenous ceremony and social rank. Today, these traditions are re-emerging not as mere decoration, but to provide healing, protection and a meaningful sense of belonging.

Uncover the symbolic and distinctive designs for skin, and their relationship to traditional clothing, rock art, jewellery, basketry, and weaving with works by Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a); Nahaan (Tlingit); Corey Bulpitt (Haida); Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk) and Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux).

BODY LANGUAGE Vancouver 2018

Location: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast - 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Admission: Free - $26

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Date: Friday June 8th, 2018 - Sunday January 13th, 2019

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