The Guild is proud to take part again this year in a major cultural event: the Nuit blanche à Montréal, in the context of Montréal en lumière. This will be our institution’s third participation in the event.
This year, we will present you ONIMISKISKAW NITEHIK, on Saturday, March 4; an electrifying evening with a high calibre program. From 8 PM, and until 11:30 PM, The Guild invites you to the public opening of the latest exhibition by Atikamekw artist Eruoma Awashish. From 10 to 11:30 PM, the artist will be joined by Chloé Sainte-Marie in an alternation of artistic performances, songs and poetry, accompanied on guitar.
So drop by either to warm up with a hot chocolate or revitalize your immune system with kombucha, courtesy of the folks at Fous de l’Île, which will be offered for free throughout the evening, until stocks run out.
Powerful atmospheric phenomenon, sometimes threatening, sometimes fragile, ONIMISKISKAW NITEHIK celebrates the strength of these two women meteors.
► PROGRAMMING ◄
>>> 8 to 10 PM // PUBLIC OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION BY ERUOMA AWASHISH
We are expecting you as of 8 PM for the opening to the public of ONIMISKISKAW NITEHIK / Lightning in my Heart, the exhibition highlighting the terrific works of Eruoma Awashish. Like a near-death experience, her artwork oscillates between mortality and reincarnation, in a highly symbolic transitional space that opens up to all possibilities. Drawing on the traditional iconography of the Atikamekw people and their territory, to which she incorporates elements from both Quebec culture and Western art history, Awashish affirms her status as Métis and leads the spectators to question their own filiations. Composed of works made in China ink and acrylic, ONIMISKISKAW NITEHIK revolves around the themes of rebirth and transformation.
>>> 10:15 to 11:30 PM // ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES BY ERUOMA AWASHISH and CHLOÉ SAINTE-MARIE
Linking images to gestures, the artist will pursue her explorations in the form of performances inspired by ritual. This year, on Saturday, March 4, she will present you ONIMISKISKAW NITEHIK, an electrifying evening of high calibre programming. She will then be joined by Chloé Sainte-Marie in song and poetry, which will lead us to the end of the evening. Disarming and devastating, Chloe’s sets, accompanied by guitar, will be drawn from her own repertoire, just like her tour À la croisée des silences. Her songs, poetry transformed into musical lyrics, are of such brilliance that they seem to have been intended for just that purpose. The pieces of music chosen by Chloé Sainte-Marie will celebrate the poetry and texts of Quebec authors and those of Innu language, including the poetry of Joséphine Bacon, plus a few surprises...
► THE ARTISTS ◄
A must-see artist of the emerging scene, the Atikamekw artist Eruoma Awashish, aims to update traditional know-how and to reunite the traditional lifestyle with contemporary realities. She likes to play with contrasts, duality and the concept of transculturation in order to create in her representations a hybrid work where identity and memory hold a prominent place. Having completed an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts, Eruoma Awashish took part in many group and solo exhibitions in important museums and galleries in Quebec. Her Reliques et passages exhibition was presented in several galleries in Quebec, in addition to doing the circuit of the maisons de la culture de Montréal and being presented at the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul. She took part in the Déranger [Disturbing] project, an intensive creative NFB laboratory, presented at Oboro in November 2016.
Actress and accomplished singer, she who was among other things the muse of Gilles Carle began a career as a performing musician in 1993. Having surrounded herself with poet and writer friends, she interprets texts by giving them a new twist. She has released seven albums, and won the Félix for Album of the Year / Contemporary Folk in 2003 for the album Je marche à toi. She also won the Charles Cros Award the following year for the tour which took her to France, Switzerland and Belgium. In 2009, she offered an album in the Innu language, Nitshisseniten e tshissenitamin [Je sais que tu sais], in homage to Philippe McKenzie. With the help of the Innu poet Joséphine Bacon, this project became a show directed by Brigitte Haentjens. She performs every year with great success in Quebec, including a series of shows held at the 5th salle de la Place des arts.
Image: Eruoma Awashish, Kakakew Otehi (detail), 2015, 24 x 32 in., acrylic on canvas. Photo: Courtesy of the artist