The Trickster: Edward Poitras in Venice

The Trickster: Edward Poitras in Venice

Release date:

1995

Running time:

48 minutes

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Available on DVD

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Edward Poitras, a 2002 winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, was the first artist of aboriginal descent to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale, a prestigious international art exposition held every two years in Italy. As a Métis, born of French and Salteaux parents, Poitras straddles identities by belonging to a distinct third culture. Both culturally and spiritually, he blends the vocabularies of European and native art. Poitras' work is regarded as a crucible for understanding how contemporary aboriginal people are repossessing and articulating their identities. The Trickster covers both the six months preceding the Biennale, as Poitras creates the exhibition in Saskatchewan, and the Biennale itself where Poitras and his work mount the world stage.

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