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  • Manuel Axel Strain

    Artist

    Manuel Axel Strain is a 2-Spirit artist from the lands and waters of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Simpcw and Syilx peoples, based in the sacred region of their q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) and qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) relatives. Strain’s mother is Tracey Strain and father is Eric Strain. Tracey’s parents are Harold Eustache (from Chuchua) and Marie Louis (from nk̓maplqs). Eric’s parents are Helen Point (from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) and John Strain (from Ireland). Although they attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design, they prioritize Indigenous epistemologies through the embodied knowledge of their mother, father, siblings, cousins, aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents and ancestors. Their work has been exhibited at Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Unit 17, Richmond Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, UBC Okanagan Gallery, Neutral Ground, University of Saskatchewan Art Galleries and they were longlisted for the 2022 Sobey Award and was a recipient of the 2022 Portfolio Prize.

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