Lusa'nala: The Way We Came Into This World

Lusa'nala: The Way We Came Into This World


Exploring aspects of eroticism in the contemporary artistic tradition of the Northwest Coast.
Erotica in Northwest Coast art. Is there such a thing? What does it look like?

 This groundbreaking exhibition answers these questions and brings attention to this seldom-seen aspect of Northwest Coast art. We are pleased to present Lusa'nala (the way we came into this world), sculpture and paintings by seven prominent and emerging contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw artists.

 Having studied the writings of anthropologist Wilson Duff, Calvin Hunt brought forward the idea for the show. Decades ago, Duff noted sexual symbolism in ancient stone tools and carvings. Hunt decided it was an area that merited more consideration. 'Nobody has ever done an exhibition like this. I was always wondering why,' he says'I call this the beginning of somethin.'  

Some works in the exhibition will reference historical pieces; others will offer a contemporary, personal take. In this way the translation of Lusa'nala, 'the way we came into this world,' can be taken literally, in reference to the mechanics of sex, or allude to those personal, intimate experiences which form an individual's identity. Media ranges from stone to wood to acrylic on canvas. Hammers, bowls, paintings, and bentwood boxes are a sampling of objects that will be on offer to bring another aspect of Northwest Coast art to light while keeping within the bounds of this rich visual tradition.

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