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Net-Eth: Going out of the Darkness is a group exhibition of twenty-four contemporary and traditional First Nations artists, including Chris Bose, Lacie Burning, Rande Cook, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Brenda Crabtree, Lindsay Delorande, Wayne Dennis, Melvin Dunn, Ken Faris, Mimi Gellman, Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Raven John, Jordana Luggi, David Neel, Ellena Neel, Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Dionne Paul, Kelly Roulette, Patricia Lena Teichert, Adrian Stimson, Jerry Whitehead, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, among them are Indian Residential School survivors and their descendants whose work is a powerful testimony to their personal healing process.
Net-eth is a Musqueam metaphor for “the first light after the darkness, a time when you pray and cleanse your tools to make them strong”. Here, the artwork reflects the process of “opening up to the light, so that we can all heal together” from the intergenerational trauma that is the sad legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School system.
Organized by Malaspina Printmakers Society, the exhibition spans three venues: Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), Malaspina Printmakers, and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery at Skwachàys Healing Lodge located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The Net-Eth: Going out of the Darkness exhibition catalogue features essays, poems, biographies, artist statements and the work of sixteen artists including Chris Bose, Lindsay Delaronde, Wayne Dennis, Ken Faris, Mimi Gellman, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Raven John, Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Patricia Lena Teichert, Kelly Roulette, Adrian Stimson, Jerry Whitehead, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.
This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Vancity Credit Union, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Skwachàys Healing Lodge and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, Vancouver Foundation.
Curated by Rose M. Spahan and Tarah Hogue