Make way for local artisans at DRAC

CULTURE. DRAC presents the exhibition I hear your warm whisper through the cold fog From November 12 to December 18, artists Glenn Gear, Carla Hemlock and Christine Sioui bring together the works of Wawanoloath, curated by Camille Larivée.

The starting point of this group exhibition is the change of seasons – the transition between autumn and winter – and the Alsig8ntegkw River (also called the Saint-François River), which borders the city of Drummondville. Exhibiting artists there explore concepts of connection to the changing seasons and the various waterways that flow through their territories and communities through textiles, murals, installations and digital projections. I hear your warm whisper through the cold fog it is part of the constellation of cyclical time, sense memory and indigenous peoples’ relationships.

Camille Larivée has designed this exhibition as a moment of love that envelops the cold mist that settles quietly at this time of year, bouncing between Aboriginal stories and traditions and waterways. Visitors will be able to witness this circular and moving time, a sovereign space where the frozen Alsig8ntegkw River whispers in their ears that it is time to soothe themselves with the first snowfalls and the worlds of these incredible artists.

In the Arms of the Natural World by Carla Hemlock. (Image: courtesy)

Three artists, three proposals

Mohawk artist Carla Hemlock presents her latest work, among other things In the Arms of the Natural World incorporating embroidery, beading, photo transfer on textile and video projection. Addressing the colonial history of Indian residential schools on Turtle Island (now North America), the artist honors the stolen lives of young Indians who never returned from these schools. “By presenting videos depicting the landscapes of the four seasons during which the residential schools were built, Hemlock is active in preserving collective Aboriginal memories that will never be forgotten, and warmly envelops these precious souls with their blankets,” explains Camille Larivée.

Multidisciplinary artist and Wendat and Abenaki writer Christine Sioui Wawanoloath presents six new works that suggest we engage with biodiversity and our “interdependence” with fauna and flora. Crafted in a variety of materials, the works from the colorful universe of Sioui Wawanoloath are anchored in a seasonal and circular time where their characters are directly connected to the Abenaki land and river. Moreover, all the titles of his works are in the Abenaki language, thus respecting the International Decade of Indigenous Languages ​​2022-2032 by UNESCO.

Inuk multidisciplinary artist and videographer Glenn Gear presents two very large format works, an animated video Katinngak (Joint) and installation pavik | whale tail | whale tail. “With these two works full of humor and sadness, Gear immerses us in the constellation of stories and relationships between the people, nature and animals that inhabit the territory of Nanatsiavut, where his father’s family came from. We can feel the cold breath of the animals captured by Gear, as well as of this area at the heart of the daily life of Inuit communities, reminding us that we are alone and we will never be alone,” explains Camille Larivée.

Artist Glenn Papwick produced Whale Tail. (Image: courtesy)

The long awaited exhibition at DRAC

DRAC, held in a major cultural dissemination center in Center-du-Québec and on the ancestral territory of the Abenaki nation, was important in their view to redress the disparities in the dissemination of indigenous arts and cultures—too few. the history of our center in the last four decades. Whether I hear your warm whisper through the cold fog It is the first exhibition of this type, and certainly will not be the last. That’s why the exhibition is eagerly awaited at DRAC – both by our audience and within our team – where they’re excited to finally present the work of local artists established on the Canadian scene and make their experiences available to everyone. .

A series of mediations will be offered to promote the accessibility of the content and to open a dialogue with the presented works, bridging the artists’ practices with the public. In collaboration with curator Camille Larivée, DRAC created a documentation center at the exhibition to explore the catalogs of important exhibitions of Aboriginal artists, as well as to refer to the tales written by writer and artist Christine Sioui Wawanoloath. . As always, a mediation corner for children will be created to offer creative activities related to the work of the three artists. DRAC continues to offer short guided tours all the time to present the artists’ approach, discuss the themes of the works and even answer visitors’ questions.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 13:00. Artists and a curator will be present to discuss with the public. There will be an official speech at around 14:00. The event is free and open to all.

The exhibition was designed by Camille Larivee. (Image: courtesy)

Instagram micro habitat

Camille Larivée will be doing a micro-residency on the DRAC Instagram account from November 5-10 while waiting for the exhibition to open and to learn more about the experience of Glenn Gear, Carla Hemlock and Christine Sioui Wawanoloath. Exclusive content will be shared to explore the universe of these three artists. It will be available in DRAC account even after residency.

Saturday seminars

DRAC presents two Saturday workshops inspired by the artistic experiences of featured artists. These workshops are aimed at audiences of all ages.

Workshops are repeated twice a day: from 10:00 to 11:30 (for families) and from 13:30 to 15:15 (for adults).

November 26, 2022: A still life workshop with the “three pencil” technique (black chalk, sanguine and white chalk on paper) inspired by the artistic experience of the featured artists.

December 10, 2022: Drawing workshop on a digital tablet inspired by the works in the exhibition.

For more information on workshops or to make reservations, visit our website at DRAC.CA or call the Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville box office at 819 477-5412. (EL)

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