Cross-Canada touring Art & Film Installation pîkiskwe-speak to stop at Gallery 101 and the Ottawa Public Library in September.
Special screening and conversation in reconciliation, Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm-9pm at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa. Reception to follow, Admission: FREE
Opening Celebration, Friday, September 14, “5 à 7” (5-7pm) at Gallery 101, with the Artists Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie
To arrange a tour, call: 613-230-2799
OTTAWA - The cross-Canada touring art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation will be showcased at Gallery 101 from September 13th to 29, and a special event to launch the installation will take place at the Main branch of the Ottawa Public Library on September 13th. This collaborative arts project features the dramatic mixed-media triptych, Lost My Talk, and other artwork by Alberta-based Indigenous artist, Lana Whiskeyjack, and the award winning documentary film Lana Gets Her Talk (37 minutes/2017), by Beth Wishart MacKenzie.
In this “Time of Reconciliation”, this art and film installation explores the intergenerational wounding of Canada’s Indian Residential School system and the power of art and Indigenous pathways to heal the wounding. The artists Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie will travel to Ottawa for a special launch of pîkiskwe-speak that will take place on September 13. The event will include music by Ottawa’s Carmel Whittle, a special screening of Lana Gets Her Talk, and a community Conversation in Reconciliation facilitated by Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill of Kitigan Zibi.
With this touring art and film installation, the artists seek to engage communities across Canada in Conversations of Reconciliation through ART, conversations aimed at writing a new chapter, painting a new vision, and creating a new protocol for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relations in Canada.
pîkiskwe-speak “is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program (in commemoration of Canada’s 150th). With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.” (Canada Council for the Arts Communiqué) #CouncilNewChapter
Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council (an agency of the government of Ontario), and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, our members, volunteers, partners, and all our relations.