Sakahan: International Indigenous Art
celebrates a growing international commitment to the collection, study and exhibition of Indigenous art. Featuring more than 75 artists from around the world, this remarkable project places indigenous art squarely at the center of contemporary art produced today. As well as providing an outstanding opportunity to see work by some of the most innovative contemporary artists, this ambitious publication allows us to build knowledge and further understanding. These artworks cite histories, stories and perspectives that emerge from specific local contexts, and as we live in an increasingly globalized world, these events affect us all.
Unexpected and challenging, this profusely illustrated publication features over 150 artworks by artists from a wide range of countries, notably, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, India, Japan, Finland and Guatemala and many more. The artists' approaches are as varied as their chosen media, which include performance art, drawing, installations, painting, photography, sculpture and video, with several new works created specifically for the exhibition. In the language of the Algonquin the term Sakahan means to light a fire, which this publication aims to do.