As a child, artist Liz Ikiriko loved peeking into the Dunlop Art Gallery on her way to the bookshelves at the Regina Public Library central branch. Spending time at the library helped shape her sense of culture.
Now, the Regina-born-and-raised artist might in turn influence other young people. This month, Ikiriko became the first Black artist to be acquired by the library’s gallery for their permanent art collection.
The RPL acquired two of her pieces: Anchored and Homegoing.
They are both photos from Flags of Unsung Countries,a photo installation series that explores what it meant to grow up and live as a Black person in the Prairies.