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Beat Nation describes a generation of artists who j uxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works—in painting\, sculpture\, installation\, performan ce and video—that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples today .

Since the early 1990s\, hip hop has been a driving force of activism for urban Aboriginal youth in communities across the Americas. The roots of this music have been influential across disciplines and have been transformed to create dynamic forums for storytelling and indigenous langu ages\, as well as new modes of political expression. In the visual arts\, a rtists remix\, mash up and weave together the old with the new\, the rural with the urban\, traditional and contemporary as a means to rediscover and reinterpret Aboriginal culture within the shifting terrain of the mainstrea m.

While this exhibition takes its starting point from hip hop \, it branches out to refer to pop culture\, graffiti\, fashion and other e lements of urban life. Artists create unique cultural hybrids that include graffiti murals with Haida figures\, sculptures carved out of skateboard de cks\, abstract paintings with form-line design\, live video remixes with Ho llywood films\, and hip hop performances in Aboriginal dialects\, to name a few. Beat Nation brings together artists from across the continen t—from the West Coast as far north as Alaska and Nunavut\, as far east as L abrador and south to New Mexico—and reveals the shared connections between those working in vastly different places.

As Aboriginal identi ty and culture continue to change\, and as artists reinvent older tradition s into new forms of expression\, their commitment to politics\, to storytel ling\, to Aboriginal languages\, to the land and rights remains constant\, whether these are stated with drums skins or turntables\, natural pigments or spray paint\, ceremonial dancing or break dancing.

DTEND:20130505 DTSTAMP:20140917T091509 DTSTART:20121215 GEO:43.6393597;-79.3829625 LOCATION:The Power Plant\,231 Queens Quay West \n Toronto\, Ontario M5J 2G8 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beat Nation \, Corey Bulpitt & Gurl 23\, Jackson 2bears\, KC Adams\ , Sonny Assu\, Jordan Bennett\, Raymond Boisjoly\, Kevin Lee Burton\, Raven Chacon\, Dana Claxton\, Nicholas Galanin\, Maria Hupfield\, Mark Igloliort e\, Duane Linklater\, Cheryl L’Hirondelle\, madeskimo\, Dylan Miner\, Kent Monkman\, Marianne Nicolson\, Skeena Reece\, Hoka Skenandore\, Rolande Soul iere\, Bear Witness UID:250651 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121214T230000 DTSTAMP:20140917T091509 DTSTART:20121214T190000 GEO:43.6393597;-79.3829625 LOCATION:The Power Plant\,231 Queens Quay West \n Toronto\, Ontario M5J 2G8 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beat Nation \, Corey Bulpitt & Gurl 23\, Jackson 2bears\, KC Adams\ , Sonny Assu\, Jordan Bennett\, Raymond Boisjoly\, Kevin Lee Burton\, Raven Chacon\, Dana Claxton\, Nicholas Galanin\, Maria Hupfield\, Mark Igloliort e\, Duane Linklater\, Cheryl L’Hirondelle\, madeskimo\, Dylan Miner\, Kent Monkman\, Marianne Nicolson\, Skeena Reece\, Hoka Skenandore\, Rolande Soul iere\, Bear Witness UID:250677 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR