Territoires partagés / Shared Lands
An exploration of the territories in relation to worldviews, histories and the communities who inhabit them
Jordan Bennett, Hannah Claus, Nadia Myre, Sonia Robertson
RÉSIDENCE DE CRÉATION / CREATIVE RESIDENCY
28 oct. – 8 nov. 2013
Conférences, ateliers, rencontres, visites guidées, cinéma autochtone
Artists talks, workshops, gatherings, Aboriginal cinema, guided tours
EXPOSITION / EXHIBITION
9 nov. – 15 déc. 2013
Shared Lands is part of Mawita’jig – Aboriginal art and vision
Communiqué de presse (PDF) | Présentation de la commissaire et des artistes (PDF) | Programme détaillé (PDF)
Mawita’jig is a Mi’gmaq word meaning to gather together. The three-year project Mawita’jig – Aboriginal Art and Vision intends to bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities of MRC Avignon. It builds on the strength of artistic voices to nurture open and respectful encounters. The project encourages collaborations between artists and communities. The first Phase of Mawita’jig took place from June to October 2012.
Shared Lands, the second phase of the project, is developed around the theme of the land - ancestral lan ds, imagined lands, contested lands, shared lands. During the twelve days of the creative residency, the artists will explore the land, allowing it to shape their artistic proposals.
The engagement between the artists and the community will be guided by conversations, meetings and celebrations - at the heart of creation.
Shared Lands is led by guest curator France Trépanier (Mohawk/French) with artists Jordan Bennett (Mi’gmaq), Hannah Claus (Mohawk), Nadia Myre (Algonquin), Sonia Robertson (Ilnu). Their artworks will investigate the complexity, richness and ambiguity of this notion - sometimes accepted, sometimes disputed - of shared lands.
Art critics Caroline Loncol Daigneault and Guy Sioui Durand (Wendat) will participate in the many conversations, witness the engagement between artists and communities and then write an essay to be published in 2014.
The exhibition Shared Lands will venture into a universe where Indigenous worldview, interc onnectivity and orality all play a leading role. For the duration of the exhibition, a program of interpretation and cultural mediation will be offered in the gallery. This program will promote a fuller understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal contemporary art.