Coming to Open Space after a critically-acclaimed nation-wide tour, When Raven Became Spider brings together work from six Indigenous artists who transpose supernatural beings from Indigenous stories into the realm of superhero comics.
Curator Leena Minifie (Gitxaala, Ts’msyen) writes, “Collectively, across Nations, supernatural beings exist in everyday life. Supernatural existence is an extension of—and an essential element of—every traditional story, a force that weaves through narratives across the continents in all Indigenous cultures.”
Artists Joi T. Arcand (Cree), Sonny Assu (Kwakwaka’wakw), Shaun Beyale (Navajo), Julianne Beaudin-Herney (Cree/Mi’kmaq/Métis), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami), and Jeffery Veregge (S’Klallam) have all contributed work to When Raven Became Spider that, in their fusion of Indigenous art-making and storytelling practices and pop culture, open up the intersection between oral and visual cultures.
When Raven Became Spider was first shown at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library. The Open Space iteration of the show will feature new works by island-based artist Sonny Assu.
The opening reception will be on Friday, Jan. 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be followed by a talk with curator, Leena Minifie, on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will run until Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5:00 p.m. closing.