Exhibition: May 4 – June 16, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, May 4 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) – 4th edition
níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma soeur | my sister
Guest curators: Niki Little and Becca Taylor
Aura (Oneida), Natalie Ball (Modoc – Klamath), Catherine Blackburn (Dene), Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal (Cree – Saddle Lake), Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Inuvialuit), Uzumaki Cepeda (République Dominicaine), Chief Lady Bird (Chippewa – Potawatomi), Dayna Danger (Metis – Anishinaabe – Saulteaux), Raven Davis (Anishinabe), Lindsay Dobbin (Mohawk), Lita Fontaine (Anishinabe), Brittney Bear Hat (Blackfoot – Cree), Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot – Cree), Tsēmā Igharas (Tahltan), Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq), Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), Sandra Monterroso (Maya Q’eqchi’ – Guatemala), Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin), Gilda Posada (Aztec – Xicana), Skeena Reece (Cree – Tsimshian -Gitksan – Métis), Skawennati (Kahnawake Mohawk), Marian Snow (Kahnawake Mohawk), Tasha Spillett (Nehiyaw – Trinidadian), and selected works from the collection of La Guilde

Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018, 7 p.m.
Odaya

Performance: Friday, May 18, 2018, 6 p.m.
Sinuosity by Jeneen Frei Njootli and Tsēmā Igharas

The fourth edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial opens shortly with four exhibitions and a rich program of events that includes performances, roundtables and screenings. Over two months, Montreal and Sherbrooke will present the best of recent contemporary Indigenous art. The guest co-curators, Niki Little (Winnipeg/winnipi, MB) and Becca Taylor(Edmonton/amiskwaciwâskahikan, AB) have brought together forty-five artists from across America for this edition entirely dedicated to women. The exhibition níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma sœur will explore multiple relationships that relate to the concept of sisterhood, whether these be intergenerational or through friendship, based on blood or solidarity, born of adversity, struggle and joy.

Spread between four venues, the Biennial will be hosted by the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, Art Mûr, La Guilde and the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts. The McCord Museum will host an evening dedicated to screening Indigenous films as well as a round table. In November, The Art Gallery of Mississauga will host a selection of the artworks from níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma sœur.

The program of this fourth edition – rich in events – will reveal the diverse perspectives that Indigenous female, queer and two-spirit artists hold. Their practices employ a variety of strategies from appropriation to transgression. They reinvent their identities, activating traditional methods of making and disrupting stereotypes. From sculpture to video, installation, engraving, textile and sound art and political postering, a wide range of mediums will be used to evoke, share and illuminate the many narratives that shape the identity of Indigenous women.

Art Mûr
5826 St-Hubert
Montreal (QC)