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Boarder X

The Four Continents, 2018.

Micheal Langan / Colonialism Skateboards Collaboration with Kent Monkman, The Four Continents, 2018. Skateboard decks. Photo: Don Hall, courtesy of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.


Boarder X  brings together interdisciplinary contemporary art from artists of Indigenous nations across Canada who surf, skate, and snowboard. In this exhibition these practices are vehicles to challenge conformity and status quo, as well as demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. 

Reading the urban terrain, making a cement jungle a playground, riding the natural contours of the white immovable mountains, or shredding the ever-changing waves: these are responses to the land. It is not about controlling land and water, but being humbled by their power. Beyond claiming space, the artwork recognizes human existence in relation to vast geographies and how we’ve thrived in those spaces. Surfing has a long history of Indigenous ways of being, originating from pre-contact Polynesian cultures. Skateboarding and snowboarding emerged in the 1960s and 80s respectively, which for a time were popular in subcultures resisting the mainstream. 

Boarder X celebrates the intersection of culture, art, and boarding practices. 
Its representation is interdisciplinary, consisting of painting, mixed media, carving, weaving, photography, performance, and video to reflect cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives and critiques in relation to the territories we occupy. 

This exhibition presents cultural thrivance and active presence—creating a space for engagement through art, culture, and boarding. It is an affirmation and transmission of cultural resilience and acknowledgement of ongoing respect and reverence for the land.


Jordan Bennett

Micheal Langan/Colonialism Skateboards Collaboration with Kent Monkman

Bracken Hanuse Corlett


Roger Crait

Steven Davies

Mark Igloliorte

Mason Mashon


Meagan Musseau

Meghann O'Brien

Les Ramsay

Amanda Strong

Boarder X  has been organized and circulated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, curated by Jaimie Isaac.

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Boarder X Preview Party: January 25, 2019
Valkyrie Air Videographer: JC Magoo. Ground crew: Ethan Bancarz


Jaimie Isaac is the curator of Indigenous and contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, an interdisciplinary artist and member of Sagkeeng in Treaty 1 territory. Isaac holds a degree in Art History and a Masters of Arts from 
the University of British Columbia. Recent exhibitions include Woven Together at Kelowna Art Gallery, Behind Closed Doors, Insurgence Resurgence (co-curated with Julie Nagam), Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Boarder X (touring), We Are On Treaty Land, and Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good for the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Isaac co-founded of The Ephemerals Collective which was long-listed for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. She’s contributed writing in catalogues and essays in The Land We Are Now: Writers and Artists Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation book and the Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Journal. She was co-faculty for the Wood Land School at Plug In Institute. Jaimie has snowboarded for 20 + years.


Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: closed


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Edmonton, Alberta
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