May 4 – November 20, 2022
Opening reception: May 4th, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Land Back: Roxanne Charles, Lisa Jackson, Pat Kane, Jacob Meders, Carey Newman

Curator: Michael Patten
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), 6th edition

Maison des Jésuites de Sillery
2320, chemin du Foulon
Quebec, QC, G1T 1X4

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have preserved biodiversity in the face of continued human population growth. Shortly after the time of first contact with Europeans, Indigenous communities were stripped of their ancestral lands; the Land Back movement aims to restore governance and stewardship of the territory for a sustainable future.

If Land Back is a call to action, a return of equity to a stolen territory, it also allows for 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. The revalorization of Indigenous knowledge goes beyond symbolic gestures of recognition or inclusion; it aims to significantly change practices and structures.

The “discovery” of the mass graves of Canada’s Indigenous residential schools in the summer of 2021 has sent shockwaves across the country – raising a wave of misunderstanding, dismay and empathy. Yet the first official apology from the Government of Canada to former residential school students, issued by Stephen Harper, was in 2008. Over 150,000 children were placed in residential schools. The last Canadian Indigenous residential school closed in 1997. These schools have been agents of abuse, suffering, and cultural and generational uprooting. How can we explain such a great loss of memory, in the face of such a traumatic event? How can we act now?

The artists presented in this space address this sensitive subject through different answers, solutions or further questioning. Lisa Jackson approaches the issue of family uprooting with a darkly humorous critique in her film SAVAGE, while Roxanne Charles’ colossal installation The Strata of Many Truths takes a more emotional approach.

Jacob Meders and Pat Kane turn to a more spiritual and religious angle of the subject through installation and photography, respectively. Meders’ work is also part of a performative action in which the artist directly sources the soil of the exhibition site.

Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket is a filmic projection of the physical work of the same name. A national monument of memory, it is a mosaic of hundreds of objects and testimonies of residential school survivors. Art could thus be positioned as a vehicle for commemoration, but also, potentially, as a healing process.

We recognize that BACA is taking place on unceded Indigenous lands, and that the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is the caretaker of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a varied population of Indigenous and other peoples. BACA acknowledges the continued relations with the past, present, and future in their current relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

The Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA) thanks the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Quebec (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Fonds d’investissement pour le rayonnement de la Métropole), Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Maison des Jésuites de Sillery and its other presenting partners.

5:30 p.m. Welcome of visitors
5:45 pm Purification ceremony and speeches
6:00 pm Visit of the exhibition
18:30 Meeting with the artist Jacob Meders with simultaneous translation.


Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m
Land Back Opening ceremony
Place du Canada
1010, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest
Tiohtià:ke / Montreal (QC)

Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts
April 28 – June 26, 2022
Opening: Thursday April 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
241 Rue Dufferin, Sherbrooke, QC

Maison des Jésuites de Sillery
From May 4 to December 11, 2022
2320 Chemin du Foulon, Quebec, QC

Quai 5160 – Maison de la culture de Verdun
May 7 – July 3, 2022
5160 Bd LaSalle, Verdun, QC

Art Mûr 
May 7 – June 18, 2022
Opening: Saturday May 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
5826 St-Hubert, Montreal, QC

Stewart Hall Art Gallery
May 7 – June 19, 2022
Opening: Sunday May 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
176 Bord-du-Lac, Pointe-Claire, QC

La Guilde
May 19 – July 10, 2022
Opening: Thursday May 19, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
1356 West Sherbrooke st, Montreal, QC

McCord Museum
June 2 – 5, 2022 : Film screening
Sky Hopinka, In Dreams and Autumn (2021)
690 West Sherbrooke st, Montreal, QC

Expression – Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe
November 4 – December 23, 2022
495 Avenue Saint-Simon, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC


She:kon – BACA Space for Emerging Art
Alexis Gros-Louis, Önenha’; Wen’wa’ / [Superimpositions]
Curator: Terry Randy Awashish
May 7 – June 18, 2022
5826, St-Hubert, Montreal, QC

daphne art center
Suzanne Morissette, translations
May 7 – June 18, 2022
5842, St-Hubert, Montreal, QC

Renée Condo, Sisip-Sipu
April 27 – June 4, 2022
372 Ste-Catherine W, suite 410, Montreal, QC