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Tarah Hogue

Cold Dream: Drawings by Qavavau Manumie

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MARION SCOTT GALLERY | VANCOUVER, BC
December 5, 2015 – January 23, 2016

My first experience of Qavavau Manumie’s work was with two drawings included in the exhibition Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (2010). Curated by Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western, the multi-venue exhibition in Winnipeg saw Indigenous artists imagining “the future within the context of present experiences and past histories.”1 Manumie’s depiction of human interactions with both the natural and the spiritual worlds melds oral stories with imaginative, often surreal forms that give a sense of the complex interactions of life in the North. Well-placed among works by James Luna, Postcommodity and Skawennati, Manumie’s drawings read as apocalyptic, visionary and even monumental, despite their modest size. Read More

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