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The summer solstice (June 21st) has long served as a day of celebration and ceremony worldwide. Indigenous peoples perform spiritual observances to honour this moment. Tourists flock to the Incan city of Machu Picchu or Mayan cities in the Yucatan, both aligned with the pathway of the sun. In Dawson City, YT revellers gather at the top of the Dome to rejoice on the longest day of the year, while others across Canada flock to beaches, taking advantage of the light in other ways. In 1996 the Canadian government named June 21st National Aboriginal Day to recognize First Nations achievements. Since then, communities across the nation host varied events and ceremonies around this day, giving the solstice added cultural and political importance.
This exhibition, which runs June 4-30, assembles a group of work by seven artists attending University of Regina at both the graduate and undergraduate level who reference the idea of solstice broadly. From Plains traditions to contemporary urban experiences, personal and collective understandings shape our conceptions of the longest day of the year. Gathering art from a diverse group of artists, this exhibition highlights varied ways to (re)consider the solstice. Notions of place, space, and belonging mark the expressions.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fifth Parallel Gallery, Riddell Centre
University of Regina
Department of Visual Arts