I am really excited about an upcoming exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery. It’s called Out of Concealment and it will be in Vancouver from October 23, 2019–April 5, 2020. It’s a solo exhibition by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, curated by Beth Carter, in consultation with Nika Collison, It’s being described as an “innovative re-imagining of supernatural beings from the oral traditions of Haida Gwaii.”
Another description that captured my interest was “Williams-Davidson honours Indigenous feminine power by re-imagining supernatural figures from Haida tradition. Her vivid portraits — which feature the artist herself — use photographic collage, creative design, and even the subtle integration of designs by renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson.” It sounds amazing and I can’t wait. I love supporting Indigenous artists and having opportunities to expose my son to diverse art.
“Out of Concealment reinterprets ancient knowledge for a contemporary audience, introducing new ways of understanding the environment through timeless Indigenous oral traditions and ethnographic writings about supernatural beings. Traditional Haida beliefs have a balance of male and female forces and emphasize the interconnectedness of all things. Particularly in light of the recent #MeToo movement and the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, this exhibition shares important ancestral wisdoms key to unlocking the violences that have occurred against First Nations peoples.”
Who is Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson?
Her bio says she is “an artist, musician, writer, and environmental lawyer. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii, she is a recognized keeper of traditions. Her work strives to open new vistas to her audiences rooted in Indigenous world views, Haida language and laws, music and oral traditions. She has helped preserve the legacy of Haida music through the Haida Gwaii Singers Society.”
This exhibition first premiered at the Haida Gwaii Museum in 2017, but the Vancouver exhibition will include new work. You will be able to see Out of Concealment at the Bill Reid Gallery at Bill Reid Gallery 639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC. Our family is planning to check it out on October 25th as it is a professional development day so we will be heading into the city for some educational exploration with our son.