The Parc-Extension distribution room will present, starting December 7, the group exhibition Initawà : Kwató:ken tsi ní:ioht tsi ahshe’nikonhraièn:ta’ne, curated by Lori Beavis with works by artists Hannah Claus, Eruoma Awashish, Jobena Petonoquot and Kaia’tanó:ron Dumoulin Bush.
“We are proud to exhibit the work of Aboriginal artists at the Parc-Extension broadcast room. Through this exceptional exhibition, I invite you to discover rich works, where personal sensitivity and collective history intertwine and enrich each other. It’s an opportunity to dive into a creative universe that deserves to be better known,” said Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, mayoress of the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.
This group exhibition intersects the stories of four artists, each exploring their Indigenous identity through their relationship to the land, family or historical stories, culture, community and memory. Their works are about the reappropriation and continuity of stories and worlds.
About the Artists
Of Algonquin ancestry and born in Kitigan Zibi, Jobena Petonoquot creates works through beading, printing and photography, inspired by her family stories. Coming from a family of artists from Obedjiwan, Eruoma Awashish talks about interbreeding and metamorphosis through her painting, installations and performances. A multidisciplinary artist from the Mohawk Nation of Tyendinaga in Ontario, Hannah Claus challenges dominant colonial narratives and gives voice to Indigenous stories, teachings and cosmologies. Of Onkwehonwe and French-Canadian descent from Oshahrhè:’on (Châteauguay), Kaia’tanó:ron Dumoulin Bush is a storyteller whose illustrative work includes paintings, sculptures and comics. His personal stories tell of a life led at the Châteauguay/Kahnawake, French/Mohawk intersections.
The Initawà exhibition will be held until January 29, 2023 at the Parc-Extension broadcast room. The vernissage took place on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. with curator Lori Beavis and Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor, elder from the Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) community. A visit accompanied by the curator is scheduled for Saturday 14 January at 1.30 p.m. (in English and translated into French).