Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 18, 2017

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Sakahàn, on now through September 2 at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada, is one of the NGC’s “most ambitious contemporary art exhibitions in its history.” A mighty claim when you consider that the museum was founded in 1880, 133 years ago. And the museum isn’t even saying so because Sakahàn, meaning to “light a fire” in Algonquin, features 150 recent works by 80 indigenous artists from 16 countries worldwide. Nope; while that’s impressive in itself, the NGC is making the claim because Sakahàn will take up both floors of its special exhibit space, its contemporary art galleries, and extend to other parts of the city like Murray Street in the ByWard Market, where a series of pics depicts an artist dressed in full powwow regalia as he goes about his daily, oh-so urban life. Answering what it means to be Indigenous today, Sakahàn also includes stone hands held together by a chain, a zippered shirt carved out of wood and a welcome pole made of 300 blankets donated by the public. Adults $12; youth 12 to 19 $6; kids under 12 free. tel: (613) 990-1985; gallery.ca/sakahan.

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