Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as an artist in residence with gallery gachet in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, the Banff Centre's visual arts residency, fiction and Trading Post and as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Collection's of Willard's work include the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Thompson Rivers University and Kamloops Art Gallery. Her work with Stanley Park's environmental art project focused on Aboriginal presence and absence in Stanley Park through the philosophy of the Cedar Tree as the tree of life. Willard’s recent curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, featuring 27 contemporary Aboriginal artists which toured from 2012-2014.
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