Open Studio Gallery
The Prints of Alanis Obomsawin
Guest Curator: France Trépanier
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. For the past 25 years, she has also worked as an engraver and printmaker, creating an important body of work, which has been exhibited in Canada and Europe. These visual artworks often deal with the same subjects as her films, but on a completely different note. This exhibition will show Alanis’s contrapuntal art practice, revealing a world where memory and dreams evoke the spirit of animals and humans in the context of historical events.
Alanis Obomsawin is an internationally recognized filmmaker and a singer, writer, storyteller and visual artist. Over the last five decades, she has directed 49 documentaries at the National Film Board (NFB). Her films incorporate strong social content, inspired by the desire to let the voices of Indigenous people be heard.
France Trépanier is a visual artist and curator of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. She is currently the Aboriginal curator in residence at Open Space Gallery in Victoria, BC. With Chris Creighton-Kelly, she co-authored Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today: a Knowledge and Literature Review, for the Canada Council for the Arts.
Click below to download the accompanying brochure, with essay by guest curator, France Trépanier. Le texte est aussi disponible en français.