For immediate release
Summer Program 2017
Odanak, June 15, 2017 – The Musée des Abénakis offers three new temporary exhibitions to visit from June 15 to September 17, 2017, and an innovative digital application to discover this summer !
First, the exhibition Enfant de la terre by the Algonquin-born artist Samian offers some thirty black and white photographs of children and elders, taken during his many travels around the world: Egypt, Morocco, Nicaragua, New Caledonia, Costa Rica, but also in Canada, specifically in Mingan. The artist’s clichés place the human being at the heart of his artistic approach and thus remind us that we are all children of the earth. The exhibition Enfant de la terre, is a Place des Arts production made possible thanks to the financial support of the Place des Arts Foundation.
Also, thanks to the project Mawita’jig — Art et vision autochtones, set up by the Centre d’artistes vaste et vague, the Musée des Abénakis is proud to present two exhibitions that were created. Mawita’jig aims to bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities by building on the strength of artistic language.
The first exhibition, Offrandes, is a multimedia installation that offers a reflection on the value and meaning of offerings. It explores the complexity and diversity of the different practices related to the act of offering. It is also an innovative opportunity for artists and members of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to collaborate in the creation of a work in constant evolution.
The second exhibition, Shared Territories, offers an insight into a world where Aboriginal worldview, inter-connectivity and orality play a key role. The purpose of this exhibition: to foster an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal art.
In order to give Quebec museums access to new technologies, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications granted $140,000 in financial assistance to the Musée des Abénakis to create an innovative new digital application: Moire d’un peuple. This application will help raise awareness among the population of the presence and cultural heritage of the Abenaki people. In addition, by donating $30,000 to the museum, the RBC Foundation has joined forces with this project to further promote the transmission of Abenaki culture to future generations as well as the sharing of cultural and heritage knowledge between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Thanks to this additional donation, this will make it possible to enhance and preserve the cultural heritage of the Abenaki First Nation and educate all museum clients about the reality of Aboriginal people. Since 1965, the Museum has been promoting the cultural development of the Abenaki First Nation and preserving its millennial traditions. Having welcomed several thousand visitors since its opening, the Musée des Abénakis is a dynamic place for educational and cultural dissemination and animation.
The Musée des Abénakis is subsidized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and by the Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak.
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Pour informations :
Vicky Desfossés-Bégin, agente médiation et communications
Musée des Abénakis,
108, rue Waban-Aki, Odanak, JOG 1H0