Happenings – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in Toronto May 7/8, 2011

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will be in Toronto, appearing at Gendai Gallery, which will be exhibiting the graphic works of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Joanne Hui.

Both artists use the form of manga to address unique moments in Canadian history that are particular to their culturally specific histories of activism and resistance. Yahgulanaas is known for his haida manga work.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2-5pm
Workshops & Talks: Saturday, May 7, Sunday, May 8, Saturday, May 14
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2-5pm

At Gendai, Yahgulanaas presents a collection of previously unpublished and rarely seen graphic works dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. On display as reproductions, his work invites visitors to handle and take time reading through these archival materials that document decades long political activism and cultural advocacy work. A highlight of the exhibition is Yahgulanaas’ monumental 15 ft wide watercolour mural, the panels of which make up the pages of his 2009 award-winning publication RED.

A selection of Hui’s originals and reproductions from her recent titles will be on display in tandem with Yahgulanaas’ archival materials.

Joanne Hui will enliven the gallery by conceptualizing and facilitating a series of workshops as the host of Comic Jam Studio at Gendai. Presenting talks by the curator, the artists and guest speakers, Comic Jam Studio invites participants to create a collaborative publication that records the shared experience of the comic jam sessions and discussions on the topics of global citizenship, migration and cultural activism.

Both artists will be appearing at the Toronto Reference Library – Beaton Auditorium, in conjunction with Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

11:15am-12pm
Haida Manga and Shanghai Daily: a Graphic Travelogue, panel discussion between artists Joanne Hui, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and senior editor of Montreal Mirror and comic artist, Rupert Bottenberg.

12:15-1:30pm
Book signing of RED and Declaration of Interdependence by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and signing of West Coast Line magazine and Potato Wars by Joanne Hui.

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