ESHI UAPATIKA ISHKUEUATSH TSHITASSINU / REGARDS DE FEMMES SUR LE TERRITOIRE
From February 10 to April 1, 2023.
The project "Eshi uapatika ishkueuatsh tshitassinu / Regards de femmes sur le territoire" came out of the 2021–2022 residency program at the LOBE artist-run centre. Curated by artist and art therapist Sonia Robertson and guided by Caroline Nepton-Hotte, a professor in the Department of Art History at UQAM, the exhibition presents installations by artists Marie-Andrée Gill, Sophie Kurtness, and Soleil Launière. These women of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation of Mashteuiatsh, in the Lac-Saint-Jean region, share their imaginaries of the Nitassinan territory, the ancestral homeland of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, in a process of decolonization and indigenization.
As a promise of a better life and a place of knowledge transfer, connection, and healing, the material or intangible territory is connected to identity. Supported by the curator’s approach, the artists explore techniques and practices outside their respective comfort zones in a safe environment in which they can surpass themselves.
Curator: Sonia Robertson
Artists: Marie-Andrée Gill, Sophie Kurtness, Soleil Launière
Guide: Caroline Nepton Hotte
Opening on February 9, at 5:30 p.m.