Mi'kmaw artist wins Canada's Sobey Art Award


Last updated 11/16/2017 at 10:45am

Rita Taylor, courtesy of Banff Centre for the Arts

Ursula Johnson incorporates her heritage into her art.

Ursula Johnson, a Nova Scotia artist, has won Canada's largest prize for contemporary art, the $50,000 Sobey Art Award.

A Mi'kmaw performance and installation artist, Johnson incorporates her heritage into her art, which challenges and explores issues of identity, traditional Indigenous culture and colonial history. 

The award's selection committee praised her "strong voice, her generosity and collaborative spirit. Through her work, she redefines traditional materials and re-imagines colonized histories."

This year, for the first time in the award's history, the award list was dominat...

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