Dana Claxton

Tatanka 1

Inkjet print, AP

48” x 60”

Courtesy of the artist


About the Artist

Dana Claxton is a Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist whose multidisciplinary practice centres on film, video, photography, and performance art. Investigating notions of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body, her work is widely credited with changing how people look and think about Indigenous art and artists. In Tatanka 1, featured in this year’s Swim Drink Fish Gala, Claxton turns to the imagery of the buffalo, often regarded as a charged, iconic figure of social and cultural significance.

In 2018-19, the Vancouver Art Gallery mounted a large-scale exhibition that celebrated Claxton’s 30-year career. Her work has also been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney). She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship. Claxton is the Head of the Art History Department at the University of British Columbia, where she is also an Associate Professor.