Alex Janvier is the 2016 major retrospective monograph celebrating a lifetime of creativity and knowledge gained through the artist’s love of the land, art and First Nation culture. Essays by scholars (Lee-Ann Martin, Chris Dueker, and Greg A. Hill) and admirers offer original research and personal insight into Janvier’s imposing artistic and social stature. Alex Janvier was born in 1935 at Cold Lake First Nations, Alberta, and is of Dene Suline and Saulteaux (Ojibwe) ancestry. At the age of eight he was taken from his family and sent to Indian Residential School.
Sakahan, meaning to light a fire in the language of the Algonquin peoples brings together more than 150 works of recent Indigenous art by over 80 artists from 16 countries, including impressive installations created specifically for the project. Poetic, unexpected and challenging, the artworks document and interrogate distinct cultural and social issues. This was one of the National Gallery of Canada's most ambitious contemporary art exhibitions. Sakahan: International Indigenous Art brings together more than 150 works of recent Indigenous art by over 80 artists from 16 countries.