POSTPONEMENT OF THE OPENING AND THE VERNISSAGE

Due to a situation beyond our control, we have had to postpone the opening and vernissage of Land Back, the 6th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial

There will be no celebration on Saturday, October 1, at EXPRESSION. The exhibition hall will remain closed to the public for an undetermined period. The new date for the opening and the vernissage of the exhibition will be communicated to you by email. It will also be posted on our Facebook page.

Land Back (Touring exhibition)
Artists: Susan Blight, Lori Blondeau, Roxanne Charles-George, Gregg Deal, Beau Dick, Erin Gingrich, Duane Isaac, Casey Koyczan, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Beric Manywounds, Meagan Musseau, Michael Namingha, Carey Newman, Camille Seaman, Cole Speck, Katherine Takpannie, Chandra Melting Tallow, Olivia Whetung

Curator: Michael Patten
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA)

EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe
495 Saint-Simon Avenue
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Since time immemorial, indigenous peoples have protected biodiversity in the face of continued human population growth. Since contact with settlers, indigenous communities have been stripped of their ancestral lands; the Land Back movement aims to restore governance and stewardship of the land for a sustainable future.

While Land Back is a call to action, a return of equity to a stolen territory, it is also an opening to some questioning. How can we best protect biodiversity, land and water? The first step would be to return the land to its traditional and legitimate protectors. Returning to indigenous knowledge goes beyond symbolic gestures of recognition or inclusion to significantly change practices and structures.