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Terrance Houle

Terrance Houle

National Indian Leg Wresting League of North America: Terrance Houle

November 23, 2012-January 27, 2013 

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. This exhibition investigates the Hollywood and media driven “Indian wrestler’s” body through contemporary social and political frameworks. Through a series of photographic images, National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America boldly questions how the Aboriginal body may be utilized to create and dismantle stereotypes of First Nations people within the portrait genre, professional sports, and farcical situations. Much of Terrance Houle’s practice is directed towards exploring racial and cultural stereotypes perpetrated on First Nations people by non-aboriginals.Houle often utilizes his own body and the performance medium to delve into and explore colonialism and the cumulative social effects of racial typecasting. These images also question ideas related to personal and collective subjectivity, the power of the gaze, and the social constructs of aboriginal portraiture.

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist of Blood Tribe ancestry based in Calgary, Alberta. Houle studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design earning a BFA in Fibre in 2003. In 2004, his short, The Wagon Burner, won the Best Experimental Film Award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. In 2006 Houle received the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Houle was also a semi finalist for the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2008. Houle has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions across Canada and is a founding member of Indigeneity Artist Collective Society.