Opening reception: Thurs, June 6, 6-8 PM
Exhibition: June 6 – July 6, 2024
Hours: Thurs – Sat, 12-5 PM

Gallery will be closed Sat, June 8 due to a planned BC Hydro outage.

For preview or sales inquiries, please contact Wil Aballe, wil@waapart.com.

1129 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6A 1S3

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Through painting, beadwork, and a sense of candidly absurdist humour, Rain Cabana-Boucher presents $185. By examining ideas of currency, trade, and end-stage capitalist art production from an Indigenous worldview, Cabana-Boucher offers alternative histories and criticism on the construction of Canadian nationalist ideals. Questioning who is represented on our currency and why those effigies are celebrated nationally, the works examine the “Frontier’’ series produced

by the Bank of Canada. Cabana-Boucher’s paintings present an antithetical perspective on colonial hegemonies by questioning their relevance to Indigenous histories and peoples.

Different beadwork techniques have been added to the painted canvases, firmly acknowledging beadwork as a valued and integral form of currency. Beads are precious items that have long been utilized as demonstrations of wealth in Indigenous communities. Cabana-Boucher employs appliqué, fringe, and loom-made beadwork on her pieces, to not only add to the aesthetic value, but to signal the canvas as a tradable commodity. Each form of beadwork requires a different set of technical skill, and the considerable and deliberate time spent on each piece correlates time to currency under capitalism.

Indigenous artists are challenged to maintain their traditional practices while existing and being forced to participate in the capitalist market. The commodification of culture is a way that many Indigenous artists have adapted to the demands of capitalism, in order to support family, community, and oneself. Late-stage capitalism demands deliverables under tight deadlines and quick turnarounds, resulting in lost time for the creation process. $185 questions how value is prescribed, by whom, and what can be considered currency under capitalism.

Written by Mel Granley

RAIN CABANA-BOUCHER, is a Michif/British settler interdisciplinary artist raised in treaty 6 territory, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her family has historic ties to the Michif communities of St-François-Xavier, St. Boniface, and St. Louis, Saskatchewan. She lives and works on the stolen land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ, and xwməθkwəy̓əm Nations.

Engaging with a diverse array of artistic mediums, Cabana-Boucher’s practice unfolds through drawing, painting, sculpture, and beadwork. Her artistic expression delves into the intersection of the autobiographical and the socio-political, navigating the intricate landscapes of identity within environments undergoing rapid transformations amidst overarching influences. Cabana-Boucher’s work serves as a poignant reflection on the dynamic interplay between personal narrative and the ever-shifting forces of the surrounding world.