Kyiv Child, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, 2021
Kyiv Child is inspired by an archaeological find from Saint Michael's Cathedral in Ukraine's capital city. That horse riding warrior is replaced by a mother and child traveling over a platinum and gold leaf gilded plain.

The support is the hood from a ZAZ-1103 "Slavuta" vehicle that was manufactured in a post-Soviet Ukraine.

This work will be exhibited in Kyiv only when Ukraine is again a free country.

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  • Michael has been working with Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver to turn the Kyiv Child hood into a run of 224 limited-edition 17 x 22" prints of the hood. The print run commemorates February 24th, the date of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    On Monday, March 28th, the prints went on sale for $500, with all proceeds going to UNICEF Canada, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada, and other organizations.

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  • Michael is working on an 8-square-metre mural commissioned by the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany. This commission examines Michael's great-great-grandfather meeting in 1882 with Johan Adrian Jacobsen, a Norwegian collector of Indigenous artefacts for European museums. The mural is being printed and painted on handmade, bespoke mulberry paper made by the Kubota Family in Western Honshu, Japan.

  • The studio has almost finished a new public art sculpture for a residential development in Vancouver. The work is currently being manufactured from stainless steel in Calgary, Alberta, and we expect to install it in June.

  • The creative team behind the Flight of the Hummingbird Opera has been asked to create a vision for a an expanded version of the opera. Working with composer Maxime Goulet and dramaturge Glynis Leyshon, Michael is excited to reimagine the original 45-minute opera as a 1.5-hour production.

  • In the fall of 2021, Michael was honoured to be featured in Scholastic Art Magazine. For Michael, being included in this publication speaks to the importance of art, and how it isn't restricted by demographics: the same art produced for European museums can speak to children in American schools. The power of art transcends the divides we create between age groups, ethnicity, and class.
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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary artist whose wide-ranging artistic practice explores themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition. Influenced by both Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, he has created an artistic practice that crosses diverse cultures, generations, and disciplines in search of accessibility and engagement as a counterpoint to stratification and isolation.