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Aboriginal Artists Engage with Urban Youth Culture in the Urgent and Timely “Beat Nation”
Artinfo Canada (2012)
  • Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., OCAD University
Abstract

“Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture,” which opened at the Power Plant this week after a successful run at the Vancouver Art Gallery last spring, represents a dynamic and sustained engagement between contemporary Aboriginal artists and urban youth culture. However there is a politic of this engagement that suggests other meanings, and these could not be more relevant to Canada's very real and troubled politics with its Aboriginal and First Nations peoples, this week.

Keywords
  • Aboriginal art,
  • hip hop,
  • urban youth,
  • contemporary art,
  • Vancouver Art Gallery,
  • The Power Plant
Publication Date
Winter December 20, 2012
Citation Information
Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D.. "Aboriginal Artists Engage with Urban Youth Culture in the Urgent and Timely “Beat Nation”" Artinfo Canada (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthewryansmith/42/