Above is Lasso, by Dana Claxton, this year’s winner of the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award.
“Her work is powerful, honest and evocative,” said Edward Burtynsky, co-founder of the award and jury chair. “She approaches it with an innovative aesthetic that lends itself brilliantly to every medium she practises in – photography, in particular.”
Claxton, who lives in Vancouver, is Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), and her work has appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. In a preview of Claxton’s 2018 show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman wrote that her art “cleverly and boldly reclaims narratives around Indigenous culture.”
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