Beat Nation – Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture


September 27, 2013 — Can hip hop and First Nations culture complement each other? They do at Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. From October 17, 2013 to January 5, 2014, explore the complex interaction between Aboriginal traditions and today's cultural realities. Featuring 23 progressive indigenous artists whose work has been influenced by hip hop culture, the groundbreaking exhibition showcases an amazing variety of mediums, from visual art, graffiti and sculpture to installations, videos and even reworked skateboard decks.

The exhibition highlights a generation of artists who juxtapose old with new, rural with urban, traditional with contemporary as a means to rediscover and reinterpret Aboriginal culture within the shifting terrain of the mainstream. The result? Innovative and unexpected new works that reflect the current issues faced by Aboriginal peoples today.

To initiate the public to First Nations culture, the museum will host special performances and activities in collaboration with Aboriginal artists. Kids and adults can put their creativity to the test at Tuesday workshops, held from November 5 to December 17. What’s more, on Sundays from October 27 to December 1, they can unleash their expressive side with art inspired from the Haida people with Red, Black and Graffiti. The activity, which is free for children under 12, encourages participants to paint in unusual places, such as skateboards, bicycle seats and road signs.