Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun was born in British Columbia in 1957 to a family very much entwined with First Nations issues. His father was a founding member of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and his mother was leader of the Indian Homemakers Association of British Columbia. The fight Yuxweluptun led for 30 years combined a political perspective—non-ceded territories—with his own artistic experiences, fusing traditional, indigenous iconography to surrealist impulses that depicted landscapes in acid colours.
His name, ‘Yuxweluptun', meaning ‘man of many masks', was given to him at 14 at his initiation into the Sxwaixwe society. It is the name of the supernatural being that came down from heaven to live at the bottom of a lake. The exhibition sounds an awakening of a First Nations people to modernism as well as to the destruction of the environment. It is at once a playful, critical, and colourful journey.
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Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
6393 North West Marine Drive
Vancouver, V6T 1Z2
From 10 May to 10 October 2016
From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays until 9:00 p.m.
From October, open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Mondays)