Dana Claxton (CA)


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022
Image: Dana Claxton, Jeneen, from the series [Headdress], 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Dana Claxton, Jeneen, from the series Headdress, 2019. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022


Collingwood Yards Courtyard (outdoor) [i]
35 Johnston St, Collingwood
Mon – Wed, 7.30am – 6pm
Thu – Sun, 7.30am – 11pm




Wheelchair access



Canadian First Nations artist Dana Claxton’s practice investigates indigenous beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Presented exclusively for PHOTO 2022, her series Headdress extolls indigenous cultural abundance.

In these images, presented as three-metre-high prints in the courtyard of Collingwood Yards, four First Nations womxn display their very different collections of traditional beadwork, spanning generations, tribes and fashions. From traditional designs specific to the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation, to a duo wearing the same inter-tribal collection made by beaders from the four directions, to hip-hop inspired pieces, these beadworks cover and espouse the womxn’s silhouettes, becoming more than just objects: they are cultural belongings, and the womxn are cultural carriers.

Claxton is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations, located in south-west Saskatchewan.

Curated by Photo Australia

Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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