Artists: Canadian land­scape paint­ings on ex­hibit in Bei­jing

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Some Canadian artists have trans­formed the land­scape genre into a much more di­verse prac­tice.

“As an artist who is in­dige­nous to Canada, my work con­tin­ues to be in­vested in un­der­stand­ing how we have come to the places where we find our­selves to­day,” said Bel­more.

As the first na­tive woman to rep­re­sent Canada at the Venice Bi­en­nale (2005), Bel­more con­fronts Canada’s con­tin­ued im­pact on First Na­tions peo­ples and through her prac­tice sub­verts both his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary power struc­tures to re­lease and em­power her peo­ple.

“We hope this ex­hi­bi­tion can cre­ate a rich and mean­ing­ful dia­logue be­tween Canadian art and Chi­nese art, one that can em­brace both the past and present art of both na­tions, and awake an aware­ness of fac­ing a shared re­al­ity. We now live in a rad­i­cally changed world of na­ture, in a cri­sis which re­quires that we trans­form our­selves,” Gao said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also opened the cur­tain on a se­ries of cul­tural ex­changes.

“Cul­tural ex­changes – in fine art, per­form­ing arts, lit­er­a­ture, and film – are a key and grow­ing part of our ties and of­fer many Chi­nese their first im­pres­sions of Canada, and vice versa,” the am­bas­sador stressed.

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