Tania Willard, of the Secwepemc Nation, is an artist and independent curator. She has served as curator-in-residence at the grunt gallery and the Kamloops Art Gallery, and as artist-in-residence with Gallery Gachet in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Willard co-curated Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture with Kathleen Ritter for the Vancouver Art Gallery (2012), an exhibition that toured throughout Turtle Island. Willard’s creative work is concerned with intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Her most recent public art commission, Rule of the Trees, will be installed in 2016 at the Commercial and Broadway SkyTrain station in Vancouver. Currently working through the conceptual space of BUSH Gallery, she is curating land-based works in her home territory of Secwepemculecw.
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