Artists: Canadian landscape paintings on exhibit in Beijing
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.