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'The Death Paintings (4 panels)'.

Location: W side Austin bet. Henry and Higgins; East Face

Occupant: Astum Api Niikinaahk

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: South Point Douglas

Artist(s): Roger Crait (unsigned)

Year: 2022

Sponsors: Wall to Wall Mural & Culture Festival, Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, Signex Manufacturing


About the Artist: Roger Crait studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Crait has had solo exhibitions in Canada, including Winnipeg MB, Thunder Bay ON, Fort MacMurray AB, Moncton, NB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa and a performance in Vancouver, BC. He has shown in group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally, including Winnipeg Art Gallery MB ("Border X" in 2017), Glenbow Museum AB, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles USA, and Boomalli Art Centre, Australia. Crait has received awards for painting, including the Molly Hyman Award in Art for two consecutive years. He has worked with a group of ten artists in Cranberry Portage on a sculpture for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His artwork has appeared in The Manitoban, The Uniter, Winnipeg Free Press, Uptown Magazine, BorderCrossings, Borderline, and twice was on the cover of Canadian Dimension Magazine. He currently lives and works in Winnipeg, MB.

About the Project:
Daina Warren, Lead Curator
: "Astum Api Niikinaahk is an Indigenous-led community housing project constructed on the grounds of the Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 Territory. The intent of this entire project is to address and end homelessness. The Astum Api Niikinaahk project is also my curatorial work in which we invited five notable, local Indigenous artists, Arlea Ashcroft, Justin Bear, Roger Crait, Louis Vasquez, and Linus Woods to contribute to a public art series at this new housing site."

"Our knowledge keepers, elders, and cultural workers were all incredibly helpful in defining the scope of the curatorial vision. Committee sessions raised ideas and concepts related to the histories of this location, specifically those of the beings that lived in this locale before the urban landscape grew up around it. I was guided to look at artworks focused on the winged beings, the no legged, bear as a protector, as well as the tipi as it conceptually stands for the feminine and caring of community. I want to thank the partners on the project, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata, End Homelessness, and Synonym Art Consultation for inviting me to be part of this incredible project. I am grateful to have worked with the committee to consider how art can positively contribute to the diverse community of the Thunderbird House location and this unique housing initiative."

Source: Wall to Wall, 2022