Brian Jungen

Brian Jungen, Warrior 1, 2017, Warrior 3, 2017 and Warrior 4, 2017. Installation view at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Thierry Bal  

Brian Jungen, Warrior 3, 2018. Image courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Brian Jungen, Warrior 1, 2017, Warrior 3, 2017 and Warrior 4, 2017. Installation view at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Thierry Bal  

Brian Jungen (b. 1970, Fort St John, British Columbia, Canada) lives and works in British Columbia. Jungen initially produced sculptures, working with everyday objects such as a pair of Nike trainers, to create museum-like anthropological artefacts. His current practice involves an increasing range of materials and techniques drawn from the cultural vocabulary of First Nations people. 

Brian Jungen carves ‘feathers’ from the soles of Nike trainers to create a series of sculptures that resemble Cheyenne-style war bonnets. Presented at Tate Liverpool, these headdresses, familiar from countless Westerns, address a long history of conflict and the lingering effects of colonisation. They signify the strength and pride of indigenous people today.

Modest Livelihood by Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater was filmed during two hunting trips in Dane-zaa Territory in Northern British Columbia in 2011. The film, which is presented at St George’s Hall, follows the artists and Jungen’s uncle as they move through the landscape. For Jungen, of Dane-zaa and European ancestry, and Linklater, who is Omaskêko Cree, the ritual of the hunt is a customary practice of ancestral tradition central to their First Nations identity, and is inextricable from the century-old treaty rights of First Nations, which the title of the film references. 

In 2002 he was the first artist to be awarded Canada’s prestigious Sobey Art Award. Recent exhibitions include National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2013); 11th Shanghai Biennial, China (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2011); Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, USA (2009); Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2007); and Tate Modern, London, UK (2006).

Courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York, Catriona Jeffries and Vancouver Art Gallery

Supported by

Canada Council for the Arts

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