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  • The artworks in lineages and land bases address differing understandings of the self and personhood in relation to nature as artists seek to represent their relationships to the world around them.

    At the centre of the exhibition is a focused look at the life and work of two important women in British Columbia’s history: Sewiṉchelwet (Sophie Frank) (1872–1939), from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), and Emily Carr (1871–1945), the first in her British family to be born in Canada. The two women were close contemporaries and friends for 33 years, a relationship that was undoubtedly also shaped by the profound inequalities between them resulting from colonialism. A comparison of Frank’s basketry with Carr’s late landscapes both prefigures and extends the critique of the separation of nature and culture seen elsewhere in the exhibition through artworks drawn from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection that urge us to think anew about the meaning of the self and its ties to the non-human world.

    The exhibition also includes work by Kenojuak Ashevak, Carl Beam, Karin Bubaš, Edward Burtynsky, Robert Davidson, Patricia Deadman, Christos Dikeakos, Michael Drebert, Julie Duschenes, Lorraine Gilbert, Jochen Gerz, Brian Jungen, Zacharias Kunuk, Mike MacDonald, Landon Mackenzie, Liz Magor, Al McWilliams, Marian Penner Bancroft, Ed Pien, Bill Reid, Arnold Shives, Simon Tookoome, Jeff Wall, Jin-me Yoon and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

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