Cecil Dawson: Standing in the Gap

Open until November 6, 2022

This award winning exhibit at the Museum at Campbell River explores the impacts of colonization through the experiences of one family, and one artist, Kwakwaka’wakw artist and Hereditary Chief G̱ixkastallasame-gi, or Cecil Dawson. His contemporary artworks interpret this hurtful history and its continuing impact upon our society today.

What does it mean, to be Standing in the Gap? For Cecil it is to hold a place for those to come, to keep the position, prerogatives, songs, dances and history of his family alive for future generations. Cecil shares that, “we had lost everything, but now we are taking it back,” and that, “like with the rings in a tree, you can see the hard years, they look different, they have left a mark, but we keep growing, we keep moving forward.”  This exhibition, through sharing the experiences and perspective of one family, aims to critically examine our past, and to shine a light on how we can move forward together into the future.

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