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Jordan BennettAugust 26 - November 2015
Jordan Bennett is a multi-disciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq heritage from Stephenville Crossing Newfoundland. Jordan has shown extensively in Canada and abroad, in venues such as The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Project Space Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, AUS; The Power Plant, Toronto, ON; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC and most recently was one of two artists to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 Venice Biennial at Galleria Ca’Rezzonico, Venice, Italy as part of the official Collateral Events.
Jordan has recently been long listed for the 2015 Sobey Art Award, presented with the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year, received the Excellence in Visual Arts Newfoundland’s Large Year Award, and named as one of the artists in the 2014 Blouin ARTINFO’s Top 30 under 30 in Canada.
His work is derived from a combination of observations and influences from historical and popular culture, new media, traditional craft, political issues, and his own cultural practices. Through the processes of sculpture, digital media, installation, endurance performance, sound installation and various other mediums he strives to push boundaries and play with the ideas of re-appropriation, reclamation, participation, and the artifact within traditional Indigenous and contemporary art forms.
Jordan is currently undertaking a masters degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan exploring various mediums and concepts with a particular focus on exploring notions of the living artifact through Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture.