Raven Davis is an artist a part of the Gladstone’s Annual That’s So Gay (TSG) Exhibition: Uprising. Davis is an Indigenous, mixed race, 2-Spirit multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, social justice speaker/advocate and facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently works between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. Davis, a proud parent of three sons, blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.
The De-Celebration of Canada 150 by Davis as a part of the Gladstone’s Annual That’s So Gay (TSG) Exhibition: Uprising marks the de-celebration of Canada 150 with a provoking contemporary exhibition that critically explores Canadian propaganda and how the celebration of Canada 150 perpetuates the erasure of Indigenous people in Canada.
“By placing their Two-Spirit Indigenous body in allegedly civil space, but resolutely insisting that the silenced history and present-day reality of colonial violence be addressed, and by crafting ambivalent, agent driven public spectacles, Davis aims to quicken a form of radical questioning that, while it occurs within the spaces and architectures of colonial civil society is not of that civil society, but poses deeper question about what, precisely, society, community and civility might mean on stolen lands.”
“Davis’s work precisely operates at the fraught juncture of recognition politics. Not only does it disrupt and reverse the conventional politics of “inclusion” of the category of “Indigenous Art” within Canadian multicultural capitalist civil society, it also holds open a space – a spiritual, material, artistic and activist space for new forms of recognition to occur.” – Max Haiven
Exhibition Dates: June 12th – August 17th Opening Night: Thursday, June 22nd, 7-10pm