Dana Claxton's Indian Candy goes national for CONTACT

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kevin Griffin for the Vancouver Sun: Saturated colour photographs by Dana Claxton of indigenous performers such as Jay Silverheels and Maria Tallchief and symbols such as the buffalo will be appearing on billboards across the country throughout May.

The photographs are part of Claxton’s Indian Candy series which were shown last year at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver. Starting Thursday, May 1 they’re being shown in seven cities during the duration of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival which takes place in Toronto.

Locally, Claxton’s work will be on three billboards: Tatanka (Buffalo) at Drake and Howe, Tonto Pray For You at Clark Drive and East 4th and Geronimo in Pink at Clark and East 2nd.

Claxton is the only artist whose work will be shown on more than two dozen billboards as part of the annual photography festival.*

Claxton said curator Bonnie Rubenstein really liked her work.

“I assumed I would be on a couple of billboards in Toronto,” Claxton said in a phone interview.

She said she didn’t realize until a month ago the number of billboards and cities her work will be appearing on.

Claxton said the photographs are ideal for large-scale reproduction because they’re colorful and graphic.

“(Rubenstein is) very committed to having a diversity of voices,” Claxton said.

“She’s interested in feminist, queer, first nations and people of colour. She wants to be every inclusive. I think that she just operates that way: she wants to have a robust exhibition that has multiple narratives from different voices.”

Read more on the Vancouver Sun.