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Gan Dancers, 1991

Carl Beam
Canadian, 1943 - 2005
photo emulsion transfer on plexi mounted in wood cabinet
41.2 x 20.5 x 16.9 cm; image: 29.6 x 14.8 cm
Purchased 1991
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (no. EX-91-184)

The artist created this work as part of his "Columbus Project" - a series of works responding to the five hundred years that followed Christopher Columbus's "discovery" of the Americas. The title, "Gan Dancers", refers to Western Apache dancers who are the physical manifestation of the supernatural power of the Mountain Spirits. When considering colonial history in the Americas and the attempts to impose one form of spirituality over another, the artist was known to say, "One act of faith = one act of faith."

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