šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery


Damian John


Inspired by the question of the wholeness, this piece uses the idea of the warrior and tries to imagine it from its most whole, its most healthy place. In that place there is a sense of the ground, of being connected to the earth, to self, to our emotional body, in all its fullness and allowing that to truly be alive in us, to truly connect us to everything, every being.

Damian John is a Tl’azt’en artist exploring themes important to him through his art.  He is inspired by nature, by all things creative, and a strong desire to artistically roam through his ideas of what it means to “be” in this world. He currently lives in Tl’ammin traditional territories in the most beautiful place he’s known in this world.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.