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Old Man and Old Woman NAPI Blackfoot

gallery show Sept 8-Dec 8







UM Gallery​, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery, is honored to host Adrian Stimson's  debut of his most recent collection of works for the gallery’s second exhibition of the year, Naked Napi.  


“For the Blackfoot, a lot of our stories have sexual content, sex and sexuality was often interwoven within the  language...Yet the damage has been done and in our time, it is our right and duty to reclaim our sexual histories, I hope  through this series of paintings to trigger people, to help them understand and accept our ways of life. To be Napi and  create stories for our time and Two Spirit being.” 


Adrian Stimson: Naked Napi  Exhibition

Dates:​ Sept 8, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018 - Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm - by donation 

Exhibition Opening:​ Sept 8, 2018 - 2 to 4pm  Artist Talk: Sept 6, 2018 - 7pm to 9pm  

Location:​ SUM Gallery #425 - 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver    


About the Exhibition   

Napi is a character from traditional stories of the Siksika (Blackfoot) nation. Often referred to as the “Old Man” who came  from the sun, Napi alongside the “Old Woman” are known as quasi-creators in these stories.    


Naked Napi presents Adrian Stimson’s new site specific Installation.     Through this collection, Naked Napi reimagines the traditional tales of Napi in the present. Where the intersections of  indigeneity, sexuality and Two-Spirit identities are drawn to the forefront in this retelling. It is a display of reclamation  that challenges the colonial erasure of Indigenous bodies, power and sexual histories.    


About the Artist 

A member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, Adrian Stimson is a Two-Spirit interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited works  both nationally and internationally. Having attended three residential schools in his life, Stimson draws upon his lived  experiences to investigate themes of cultural fragility, sexuality, genocide and resilience.


Stimson achieves this radical  examination of intersecting themes through avenues of performance art, painting and installation work. Stimson was  awarded the Governor General’s award in Visual Arts in 2018, the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen  Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005, and the REVEAL Indigenous Arts  Award –Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017.   


About SUM Gallery 

SUM Gallery is one of the only permanent spaces worldwide dedicated to the presentation of queer art. SUM produces,  presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes  boundaries and initiates dialogue. Internationally-known for producing the annual Queer Arts Festival, recognized as one  of the top festivals of its kind worldwide (​ Melbourne Herald Sun), SUM brings diverse communities together to support  artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and  art.  


For more information about the Queer Arts Festival, visit here.

Connect with Adrian Stimson on Facebook here.


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