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Edward Poitras was born in 1953 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Gordon First Nation and resident of Treaty Four Territory. Poitras has been active as an artist since the early 1970s, when he began his studies at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College in Saskatoon and then Manitou College in Quebec. Over the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively, in 1995 representing Canada at the prestigious Venice Biennial and most recently winning the Governor General’s award in media and visual arts.
In the past seven years, Edward has become increasingly engaged with digital information, gathering and processing it as material for art. Such art takes many forms. He documents acts of engagement. On the crest of the valley, he watches, waits for that special moment. He extends himself beyond the borders of identity in order to cross-reference the self in the global mix. Engaged with the past and the present, Edward directs an ironic sense of play at cross-disciplinary boundaries, while simultaneously elaborating on disparate world-views. Emblematic of his approach to art, this contradictory and elusive work examines suppressed traces and voices that still echo in the Qu’Appelle.