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MICHAEL NICOLL YAHGULANAAS EXHIBITED IN ONTARIO, 09.19

Peel Art Gallery and Museum in Brampton, Ontario, is currently exhibiting a graphic novel by Yahgulanaas as part of For a Social Cause (until October 13). The show brings together three disparate graphic novels by Canadian artists to explore how this genre has been used to raise awareness about the human condition.

Yahgulanaas’ novel RED (2009) is “a tale about an obsessive warrior-leader scared and driven by vengeance after the kidnapping of his sister Jaada. Unable to forgive or forget, he goes on a violent quest in hopes of reuniting with a lost loved one and punishing the offender. His actions exact a heavy price on himself and others.”


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YAHGULANAAS DISCUSSES “HAIDA MANGA”, 01.18

The Huffington Post recently spotlighted Michael Yahgulanaas’ work as an artist and particularly his use of Formline as a technique. The artist’s unique and visually dynamic form of storytelling is the result of a blend of Haida cultural memory and Asian brush techniques.

“According to Yahgulanaas, manga is better adapted to the narrative style and specific characteristics of Haida oral traditions than Western comics…The blending of the two styles is also a political statement, relegating European-American visual influences to the background, with their associations of colonialism and domination of Indigenous cultures.”


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MICHAEL YAHGULANAAS WORK AT THE MET, 08.17

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas's Yelthadaas has been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and is on display on the first floor between the Modern and Contemporary Art wing and the Rockefeller Wing.

"Yelthadaas" is from the artist’s Coppers from the Hood series – pieces made from the hoods of cars, in homage to the Haida coppers which are traditionally exchanged during potlatches.


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MICHAEL YAHGULANAAS IN THE VANCOUVER SUN, 06.13

An article by Kevin Griffin for the Vancouver Sun discusses “The Seriousness of Play,” an exhibition of work by Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas. In it Yahgulanaas describes his relationship to work and play, and stresses that “you have to have a whole lot of faith in what you’re doing. You have to be very sensitive to what people have invested in ways of looking at the world. It’s a risky business – it’s work. The reason why it works for me is because I make it play.”

Read the full article below.