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“hišcpaa – on both sides” Carly Butler & Hjalmer Wenstob @ Studio 531 Architects

6 May – 5 August 2022

Studio 531 Architects, 546 Herald Street

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The Victoria Arts Council is presenting a new collaborative project from Carly Butler and Hjalmer Wenstob, titled hišcpaa – on both sides.

The Illustrated London News published an article in 1864 titled, “A conflict with the Indians of Vancouver Island.” The article highlights two etchings – one of a burning village, another they label “Indian with a Flag of Truce” – alongside a detailed account of the burning of an Indigenous village in Clayoquot Sound. Rather than a symbol of ‘truce’, the second image actually depicts a Tla-o-qui-aht man with a downward facing paddle – in Nuu-chah-nulth a sign of war.

Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations of Clayoquot Sound, and settler artist Carly Butler, living in Ucluelet on the traditional territory of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, have used these historical etchings as a starting point for an ongoing conversation and collaborative process about land, ownership, and histories.