I must say that this exhibition is unlike any exhibition I have ever heard about….or perhaps even unlike anything I’ve ever heard about. Terrance Houle’s The National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America is being presented at Burnaby Art Gallery in Burnaby, B.C., until January 27.
Houle’s work explores racial and cultural stereotypes imposed upon First Nations people by non-aboriginals. With humour, Houle, a Calgary-based multi-disciplinary artist of Blood Tribe ancestry, examines identity and the effect of stereotypes through portraits of mythical “Indian Wrestlers.” These images are displayed around an actual, usable leg-wrestling ring. To check out the leg wrestling from opening night, press play on the video below. This article from the Georgia Straight talks more about the exhibition.