SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 19, 2003

Christine Germano: Potlatch

Dancing and singing is our way of celebrating life, everyone has their ways, this is ours. -The late Granny Axu.

Amongst the Kwakwaka‚wakw, native west coast Canadians, a man’s status is determined by how much he gives, not what he has saved. -William Wadsen. Jr

Lonsdale Gallery is pleased to present the work of mid career photo-based artist Christine Germano. This exhibition showcases the Wadhams / Nowell Memorial Potlatch, a ceremonial feast which documents the preservation of a lost tradition and the re-birth of life. Through song, dance, rituals and the telling of stories, family histories, understandings and traditions are passed on.

Germano”s bold black and white photographs capture the intensity and spirit of this ritualistic event.

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