The fourth edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial opens shortly with four exhibitions and a rich program of events that includes performances, roundtables and screenings. Over two months, Montreal and Sherbrooke will present the best of recent contemporary Indigenous art. The guest co-curators, Niki Little (Winnipeg/winnipi, MB) and Becca Taylor (Edmonton/amiskwaciwâskahikan, AB) have brought together forty-five artists from across America for this edition entirely dedicated to women. The exhibition níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma sœur | my sister will explore multiple relationships that relate to the concept of sisterhood, whether these be intergenerational or through friendship, based on blood or solidarity, born of adversity, struggle and joy.
Spread between four venues, the Biennial will be hosted by the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, Art Mûr, La Guilde and the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts. The McCord Museum will host an evening dedicated to screening Indigenous films as well as a round table. In November, The Art Gallery of Mississauga will host a selection of the artworks from níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma sœur | my sister.
The program of this fourth edition – rich in events – will reveal the diverse perspectives that Indigenous female, queer and two-spirit artists hold. Their practices employ a variety of strategies from appropriation to transgression. They reinvent their identities, activating traditional methods of making and disrupting stereotypes. From sculpture to video, installation, engraving, textile and sound art and political postering, a wide range of mediums will be used to evoke, share and illuminate the many narratives that shape the identity of Indigenous women.
Exhibition: May 3 – July 22, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mayoreak Ashoona (Inuit), Shuvinai Ashoona (Inuit), Catherine Blackburn (Dene), Lita Fontaine (Anishinabe), Angela Hovak Johnston (Inuit), Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), Napachie Pootoogook (Inuit), Skawennati (Kahnawake Mohawk), Ningiukulu Teevee (Inuit), and selected works from the collection of La Guilde
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Community Tattoo Action by Angela Hovak Johnston
Inuit tattoo revitalization project
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A curatorial tour with Niki Little, followed by a reading.
Reservations: Please contact La Guilde (limited places)
Nu Nee, 2017