Kama? Aboriginal Arts Collective, PUTI KwALA Okanagan, We Are Still Here

PUTI KwALA Okanagan, We Are Still Here July 31 - October 8, 2014

Community Gallery
PUTI KwALA Okanagan, We Are Still Here
Kama? Creative Aboriginal Arts Collective
July 31 – October 8, 2014

Reflections on Culture and Identity

The name “Kama? Creative” in short form is derived from the Okanagan word S?at qw(l)p kama? (Pine Needle) It is used by the artist members to symbolically represent the traditional landscape where the artists reside. The Collective is comprised of Okanagan Nation established and emerging artists who have come together to support aboriginal interdisciplinary and multimedia arts development, promotion, education/community involvement and production.

The newly formed arts collective in this exhibition brings together four artists from the Okanagan Indian Band (Suknaqinx). Their works of art are a collection of contemporary visual art perspectives of various aspects of how each artist is looking at the Sylix life over time. Each artist takes their own look at culture and self identity through their art work. Barbara P. Marchand’s work speaks of the deeper emotions and traditional lives of the first people that inspire her work; Mariel Belanger takes the spirit of what it means to be Sylix through the view of the traditional Quilstan or sweathouse and represents a pattern in the rebirth of identity. Sheldon Louis’ paintings are a study of the impact of residential school and how he has experienced the effects as a youth himself. Dean Louis explores the Okanagan people today through his graphic design practice.

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