Everything in Life is Sacred

Bradly Dreamwalker MacDonald, Georgina Lightning

July 18 - August 18, 2009

Everything in Life is Sacred

The Kennedy Gallery at North Bay's Capitol Centre for the Arts is pleased to present a new exhibition of large and medium scale paintings and sculptural works by Algonquin First Nation artist, Bradly Dreamwalker MacDonald. This mutli-talented, Powassan-based artist will present new thematically connected paintings and sculptural works that have evolved out of a performance work written by MacDonald. The Storytellers is a comic re-telling of the wonderful creation myths and  stories depicted in the Peterborough Petroglyphs. The artist will work with various participating performers to create the props and costumes and backdrops for a musical performance event during the exhibition phase of this project.

Over the course of this residency/exhibition, MacDonald will work with storytellers, actors and film makers to tell tales and make predictions that always come back to a central truth: Everything in Life is Sacred .

The first major collaboration during this month-long residency at the Capitol Centre is a SCREENING EVENT featuring Los Angeles-based, First Nations film maker, Georgina Lightning. Ms. Lightning is a well-known independent film maker in the United States. Her newest film examines her relationship with her father and his experiences at a residential school in Northern Ontario.

The film is highly political and shows how the abuses suffered by First Nations children at the hands of Residential Schools employees and teachers lead to multi-generational problems. Toronto's Adam Beach stars in this important film. The gala screening of  Older Than America on July 24th at the Capitol Theatre will be its Canadian premiere and certainly the first time that audiences will be able to engage with the film maker on these sensitive topics.

This exhibition and residency event, organized by the WKP Kennedy Gallery and the Capitol Centre, has come to represent an important moment of reconciliation and public outcry. Here we are allowing art to create a forum for social change and for a re-examination that will expose the wounds to allow them to heal more quickly and more completely. In many ways Everything in Life is Sacred is about RESOLUTION. This is a forum for resolving past tragedies and injustices through visual art, film, storytelling and discussions.  The exhibit opens on July 18th at 1 pm.  The screening of Older Than America is slated for July 24th at 7:30pm at the Capitol Theatre in downtown North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The purpose of this project is to create a forum for public debate and to present new works from a strong artistic voice in our community. We are confident that this exhibition will expose this art and the participating artists to the community at large and will foster future unions across cultures that celebrate art and free speech.

All the works in this show reflect a mystical, surrealist painting style that is marked by the painter's unique attention to automatic interaction with nature and to the belief systems evolving from the myths of his Anishnabic people (Ojibway community). The works also use a contemporary "pop art" palette of colours that "re-tells" these stories for present-day audiences.

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