Respected Kwakwaka’wakw Chief, indigenous rights activist and carver, Beau Dick (1955 - 2017) used his great skills as an artist to protect, preserve and share his ancestral knowledge. In the approach to Pine’s Eye, which will include two of Dick’s masks, this special screening of the documentary film Maker of Monsters provides an opportunity to engage with this artist and his remarkable culture.
From story-telling in his studio to a march against the Canadian Government, to ‘break copper’ and shame it for its treatment of the environment and indigenous people, this film shows the close ties between Dick’s carving and political beliefs. Dick’s messages about care for people and nature are universally important and Talbot Rice Gallery is pleased to share this portrait of such an inspirational figure.
Admission Free, no booking required
“Beau has an unprecedented ability to tap into the collective memory of his people and breathe new life into age old traditions. Maker of Monsters strives to unearth the factors that made Beau who he was - his deep connection to family and community, as well as his life’s struggles - and like a carver chipping away at a block of cedar, his story is carved out and the mask is taken off. Maker of Monsters illuminates a man whose art and life continue to transcend expectations.”LaTiesha Fazakas, Director of 'Maker of Monsters'