The Canadian artist Stan Douglas, whose works have been shown at prestigious international art institutions such as Documenta and the Venice Biennial since the mid-1980s, is known for his highly complex and technically perfect film and video works which continually extend the possibilities of the medium in order to construct non-linear narratives and astonishing modalities of time. The conceptual and formal precision of Douglas’s films is also characteristic of his photographs.
Klatsassin, the name of a Tsilhqot’in chief, is the title of Stan Douglas’s latest film, which will be shown in full for the first time at the Secession. Set in the nineteenth century in the forests of Canada’s Cariboo Mountains, the plot begins immediately after the historical events involving hostilities between the area’s native inhabitants and settlers. At the time, the discovery of gold was attracting people from a variety of places to the region.