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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
17 Oct 21·4:00 PMuntil5:30 PM

CAG Reads

Skeena Reece & Gord Hill present The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book

Online via Zoom

A cover of a comic graphic novel titled The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill. It illustrates a physical fight between indigenous people and western colonizers.

We are pleased to announce our latest installment of CAG Reads, a book club where artists invite us to read alongside them. Each month an artist proposes a text for our collective reading pleasure, culminating in a virtual hangout where the artist leads a wide-ranging discussion grounded in their chosen reading material.

This month, CAG Reads will be hosted by Skeena Reece and Gord Hill. Skeena has selected the new reissue of Gord’s landmark graphic novel The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book (Arsenal Pulp Press). First published in 2010, the book powerfully portrays flashpoints throughout history where Indigenous peoples have risen up and fought back against colonizers and other oppressors. Now in colour for the first time, this revised and expanded edition provides a necessary antidote to conventional histories of the Americas.

Skeena Reece is a Tsmishian/Gitksan and Cree artist based on the West Coast of British Columbia. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes performance art, spoken word, humour, “sacred clowning,” writing, singing, songwriting, video, and visual art. Skeena studied media arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, and was the recipient of the British Columbia Award for Excellence in the Arts (2012), the VIVA Award (2014) and the Hnyatshyn Award (2017). Recent exhibitions include Moss, OBORO, Montreal (2017); Sweetgrass and Honey, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2018); Surrounded, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2019); and Interior Infinite, The Polygon Gallery, Vancouver (2021).

Gord Hill is the author of 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance (2002), The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book (2012) and The Antifa Comic Book (2018). He is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of “British Columbia.” He has been involved in Indigenous people’s and anti-globalization movements since 1990. ​​

Getting the text

Copies of The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book: Revised and Expanded have been made available in our bookshop ($19.95). The book can also be pre-ordered from Arsenal Pulp Press. Use discount code CAG25 for 25% off the book. First editions of The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book can also be found at the Vancouver Public Library.