Alumnus Sonny Assu Releases Retrospective with Heritage House Publishing

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By Erin Kirsh

Posted on July 26, 2018 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

A myriad of Indigenous artists discuss the art of Sonny Assu in this new retrospective, Sonny Assu: A Selective History.

The profound, playful, and powerful art of interdisciplinary artist and alumnus Sonny Assu (2002) has recently been honoured in book form in a retrospective from Heritage House Publishing. The prolific alumnus has made waves across North America with his witty and poignant art, which has become a part of the permanent collections of a museums and galleries near and far, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Anthropology, and more.

Sonny Assu: A Selective History follows 15 years of Assu’s artistic journey in essays, stories, and art works, including never before seen pieces.

Calling on brilliant creators Richard Van Camp, Ellyn Walker, Marianne Nicolson, Candice Hopkins, and Janet Rogers to add their voices to Assu's story, Sonny Assu: A Selective History illustrates the impact that Assu has had on not only individuals, but on the artistic landscape of this country. These additional narratives offer rare glimpses into the bonds built by creative expression, the relationships forged in art.

A copy will be available at the Ron Burnett Library + Learning Commons on campus. Flip through a copy to read how Assu’s striking, subversive, and personal work embraces juxtaposition to flip scripts and challenge broken narratives.

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