After many delays due to the pandemic, the first indigenous art center in Montreal opened its doors for its first exhibition over the weekend.
“It was a long time ago, but we are working hard to make it happen and really make a name for ourselves, to be here to be seen and heard,” said Hanna Klaus, who co-founded the center with First Nations artists Nadia Maire. , Skavennati and Caroline Monet.
“I feel like we finally have a place for our community.”
The center is named Daphne after Daphne Ojig, the late artist Odawa-Potawatomi. Klaus said she hoped the place would become a popular place to see indigenous contemporary art in Montreal, especially by little-known emerging artists.
Last year, four women secured a seat for the center in the Rosemont neighborhood of Montreal and hired curator Anishinaabe Laurie Beavis as its director. They have been organizing virtual bead evenings and artist talks since December, but have finally managed to open their doors to the public.
“It was so great to open the doors on Saturday,” Beavis said.
“I am very pleased that everything is happening together. We were alarmed by the pandemic; it took us so long to find a place and this exhibition was supposed to open in September, then we moved it to December and then it went to January 2021. “
Opening of the exhibition Parure shows the work of Wendat artist Teharihulen Michel Savard. This is his first solo exhibition.
“Being Vendat has had a huge impact on my art,” said Savard, who was born in Vendac, near Quebec.
“I find inspiration in the knowledge of my culture that I have acquired over the years. Themes related to the creation of the Wendat world, legends, music and songs, art, are part of my being and run through my veins. “
Since 2016, he has included electronic components in his traditional Wendat silver pieces. The exhibition features silver earrings, as well as a Wendat headpiece decorated with turkey, silver, and a motherboard.
“This is what I am told because of the idea of tradition and trade, and the fact that culture is always moving forward and developing,” said Klaus.
“We started with seashells and porcupine as decorations, then they turned into glass beads and silver, and now Michelle is taking it one step further.”
The exhibition will run until June 26. In the summer, the gallery will showcase the work of the Innu artist Sonia Robertson, and in the fall – Kanienkeka: the artist Kaya’tano: Ron Dumulin Bush, and in the winter – the artist Atikamek Katrin Boivin. …
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