Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding, 1998-2003, Installation view, Secession 2003, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Brian Jungen

September 18 – November 16, 2003

Brian Jungen’s sculptures are among the central artistic contributions to current reformulations of ethnological and cultural evolutionary perspectives. In this respect, Jungen, who belongs to the culture of the Dàne-Zaa Indians (First Nations), does not pursue the reanimation of a marginalized (image) language and symbolism. Instead, his works show culture as a fusion of cultures, so that the belief in an authenticity and a preeminence in terms of both an Indian and a dominant Western tradition is called into question. In addition, his works emphasize the significance of an aesthetic language as a tool for an emancipatory cultural criticism.


Brian Jungen, born in 1970, lives and works in Vancouver.