Creation Stories
Curators: Lori Beavis, Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Jake Kimble, Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé
The Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA), 7th edition

BACA is thrilled to announce the 7th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, a multi-venue exhibition that explores the deep-rooted theme of Creation Stories through the eyes of a talented collective of four curators. The exhibition will display works of approximately sixty artists, creating a unique and thought-provoking experience for art lovers.

The BACA 2024 curatorial team, consisting of Lori Beavis, Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Jake Kimble, and Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé, will lead the thematic exploration with each curator representing one of the four cardinal points. Lori Beavis will bring her expertise to present works representing the South and Centre, Emma Hassencahl-Perley will focus on the East, Jake Kimble on the West, and Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé will oversee the North.

The collaboration of these curators, each with diverse backgrounds and skills, is sure to create an outstanding exhibition. Their individual and collective efforts will provide visitors with a distinct perspective of the subject matter, creating a powerful visual narrative that explores the multidimensional aspects of Creation.

The exhibition will showcase the work of approximately sixty artists, including established and emerging talents in the visual, performance and multidisciplinary art forms. The works will provide critical insight into the interpretations and nuances of the theme, making it an immersive and captivating art event. BACA 2024 will open in March 2024 and will run until September 2024. The event will be held at eight locations in Quebec. Additional details regarding dates and locations are listed below.

The Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA) would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec government (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Fonds d’investissement pour le rayonnement de la Métropole, Secrétariat des affaires Autochtones), the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, its presentation partners and its media partners.

Launched in 2012, the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) is a Montreal-based non-profit organization (registered in 2016) that promotes the work of Indigenous artists. The biennial is held every two years, in multiple venues, with each iteration focusing on a specific theme. The event is aimed at an ever-growing audience—Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike—and features both emerging and established artists. Our mission is to promote Indigenous art and to sensitize and educate the public on the cultural issues of the First Nations.

Dates and locations

March 23 – May 16, 2024
Opening: March 23, 2024 at 1 p.m.
DRAC – Art actuel Drummondville
Drummondville, QC

April 27 – June 23, 2024
Opening: Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Stewart Hall Art Gallery
Point-Claire, QC

May 4 – June 22, 2024
Opening: Saturday, May 4, 2024, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Art Mûr
Montreal, QC

May 16 – September 8 2024
Opening: May 23, 2024 from 6 p.m.
Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, QC

May 16 – July 14, 2024
Opening: May 16, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
La Guilde
Montreal, QC

May 18 – July 7, 2024
Maison de la culture Verdun
Montreal, QC

June 8 – September 8, 2024
EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

Autumn 2024
Travelling exhibition
Musée Rimouski, QC

Special projects

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 8 p.m.
kisewâtisiw miyootootow – S/he is Mercifully – Indigenous fashion show with Caroline Monnet and Jason Baerg
Musée McCord Stewart
Montreal, QC

March 1 – August 18, 2024
Opening: Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m.
MC Snow: Presence of the Past
Exhibition presented as part of the BACA Biennale and produced in partnership with the McCord Stewart Museum
McCord Stewart Museum
Montreal, QC