Indigenous women video screening event in collaboration with Tiohtià:ke Project of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC) and Centre CLARK.
This event seeks to showcase videos by Indigenous women from the Innu and Atikamekw Nations. The screening will include work by both artists and filmmakers, each with a different approach to depicting subjects that affect First Nations people. Whether it be through documentary or video art, they report on what matters to them and highlight their culture’s important values. Each artist approaches the themes they wish to explore in truly unique ways. Ninan, nehirowisiw iskeikw looks at what it means to be an Indigenous woman today but also emphasizes each artist’s personal identity as proud, self-reliant and assertive women who want to present the many realities of Indigenous people.
The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Émilie Monnet.
Elisa Moar is from the Atikamekw First Nation in Manawan. In 2005, she began studying Social Sciences at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Two years later, she enrolled in the Bel-Air vocational training centre, also in Trois-Rivières, and obtained a diploma in photography. After working as a boom operator on a short film by Wapikoni Mobile, in 2011, she became the local coordinator for Wapikoni Mobile’s future visits to Manawan. She shot her first short film in the fall of 2012, and she has since continued to develop her film skills while practicing photography.
Meky Ottawa is an Atikamekw from Manawan. As a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist based in Tio'tia:ke/Montréal, she works in video, illustration and installation, and sings karaoke in her spare time. Her images, influenced by her Atikamekw culture, are applied to an urban context and its dream-like nocturnal landscapes. Whether as stills or images in motion, the high contrasting visual fields bring our senses to life and lend a sense of mystery to the origin of humanity. By playing with reality, Ottawa reveals its ironic and fragile nature.
Jemmy Echaquan Dubé is an Atikamekw who was born Joliette, lived in Manawan until the age of six, and then returned to Joliette. She studied fine arts at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières, where she developed a passion for all art forms, namely photography, painting, film, music and dance. She now works as a professional film editor, and has worked on several cooperative projects for OXFAM Québec, Femmes autochtones du Québec, and has given awareness-raising workshops to allochtones (non-native persons). She is currently completing an internship at the NFB and is a spokesperson for the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Youth Network.
Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush is an Innu filmmaker and artist originally from Natushkuan. In 2009, she was the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the imagiNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. Bellefleur-Kaltush is the first Indigenous woman to graduate from L’INIS (National Institute of Image and Sound). In 2017, she was part of a group exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts titled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan and produced four video clips for the #MyIndigenousCulture campaign of the Québec Native Women association. She recently completed a short film and is currently studying psychology at UQAM.
Catherine Boivin is a young Atikamekw multidisciplinary artist who works in video, photography, sculpture, painting and performance. In 2018, she won the Manitou-Kiuna Prize from Kiuna College, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. An avid runner, marathoner, and Pow Wow dancer, Boivin is also actively involved in her community.
ACC-CCA is a National Indigenous Arts Service Organization with an 11-year history of support and advocacy for Indigenous curators, artists and arts professionals within Canada. The Tiohtià:ke Project is an ambitious two year-cycle of programming run by the ACC-CCA and will bring together Indigenous curators, artists and writers from across Quebec and Canada, which enables new networks and relationships to be established through strategies such as the formation of a curatorial delegation, exhibitions and events. “Tiohtià:ke”, the Kanien’kéha name for the City of Montreal, translates to: “where many nations gather.” Oral history tells us this place is an ancient site for creating, sustaining and celebrating nation-to-nation relationships through ceremony and protocol.
- Commissaire : Catherine Boivin
SCREENING + TALK /
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018
7PM / DOORS + FOOD
7H30PM / SCREENING + DISCUSSION