Gift From The Ancestors

Joshua Watts, Untitled preparatory sketchfor installation, 2022

Gift From The Ancestors

Victoria Arts Council, Victoria, BC - Sep 9 - Oct 30

by Robin Laurence

This debut solo exhibition, by Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish artist Ha’wilh Way’anis Joshua Watts, takes the immersive form of a longhouse and includes silkscreen prints, wood carvings, a video installation and an artist’s book created with Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian poet Linnea Dick. Raised in Squamish at a distance from his ancestral territories, Watts reconnected in adulthood with the traditional cultures of his forebears; his art honours their teachings and strengthens his bonds with them.

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