Date - Monday, February 29, 2016
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Sonny Assu: Inverventions On The Imaginary
AGG presents interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu (Vancouver, BC) on Interventions On The Imaginary on Monday, February 29 at 7 pm. Free.
Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking and paintings, Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Northwest Coast Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political, and ideological issues. Assu’s work often focuses on Indigenous issues and rights, consumerism, branding, new technologies, and the ways in which the past has come to inform contemporary ideas and identities. Within this, his work deals with the loss of language, loss of cultural resources and the effects of colonization upon the Indigenous people of North America.
A graduate of Emily Carr University (2002), Assu was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. In 2011, Assu received the BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art. He was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Sonny Assu is Ligwildaʼx̱w (We Wai Kai) of the Kwakwaka’wakw nations and he currently works and lives outside of Vancouver, BC.