“Haida manga is an expression of the graphic and iconic tradition of ‘Haida-ness’ expressed in contemporary form.”(Day Break, CBC Radio One 2005)
It arises out of the North Pacific and is tempered by understanding that during the darker days of this new world for Europeans, northern Asia was a place of refugee and comfort for Indigenous Peoples, men from my family and my home village. It is this historical experience that first propelled Haida Manga to create art that embraces diversity, hybridity and difference.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ (mny) North Pacific based practice is wide-ranging in materials which might include sheets of paper, sheets of steel and a few others in between. RED, A Haida manga started out as a watercolour and ink mural on paper that is 1.6 metre high and 5 metre long. In its brief life RED has become a book, a video, and an exhibited work. It is now moving internationally with an exhibit in the Seattle Art Museum in 2015. On November 22, 2014 the American Museum of Natural History hosted its launch of RED, A Haida manga into the US book market. RED is also becoming permanent public programming for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as part of an upcoming artist monograph and travelling exhibit The Seriousness of Play in September 2015.
Larger scale Artworks include 6 metre high paper casts which were ritually danced as complex articulated dancing puppets, and a 47 metre steel work now the single largest public work in Vancouver, Canada. Tokyo Design, the organizers of Asia’s largest design festival in conjunction with the keeper of one of Japans highest profile cultural traditions, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints invited mny to design a contemporary Ukiyo-e block which will exhibit in Milan, London and finally in Tokyo in 2015.