"Native graffiti art, Indigenized iPods@, Inuit break dancing, Indigenous language hip hop and video, Indian bling and urban wear: the roots of hip hop culture and music have been transformed by Indigenous vultures and identities into new forms of visual culture and music that echo the realities of Aboriginal people. Beat Nation is about music, it's about art, and it's about the spirit of us as Indigenous peoples and cultures." - Tania Willard
BLIZZARD: Emerging Northern Artists looks at indigenous artists working in the North who are using their traditions to forge new ideas around contemporary art. The exhibition and publication, in development for over two years, looks at the influence of Inuit and Northern traditional art forms and how these are translated by a younger generation of artists whose roots are in the North. How does the landscape and context of the North influence the visions of its young artists and how do our interpretations of that dreaming - our preconceptions about the North - influence our understanding? Curated by Artist/Curator Tania Willard, BLIZZARD looks at a younger generation of Northern Artists breaking barriers by questioning relationships that tie North and South.