Wishes / Souhaits

© D. Danger, 2017

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© D. Danger, 2017

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Wishes / Souhaits

Exhibition
September 16 – October 21, 2017

Opening
Saturday, September 16 at 5 pm

A land and peoples ackowledgment will be offered by Skawennati, Mohawk artist and OBORO board member during the opening ceremony.

    

Artists Émilie Monnet and Dayna Danger collaborate together with Brenda Lee Marcoux, Gail Golder, Violet Rose Quinney, Crystal Star Einish and Jenna Guanish to create Wishes / Souhaits. Stars hold a place of special significance in all our Indigenous cultures: they can be ancestors, hand-sewn on blankets to honour people, be a part of our names, or to wish upon. Wishes / Souhaits is a photographic and sound immersive installation that explores the possibilities of dream and imagination to envision ourselves in an empowering way. If we could imagine a star self into existence, who would that person be?

Wishes / Souhaits is part of a larger interdisciplinary community arts project with the Native Women Shelter of Montreal. Initiated by choreographer Reena Almoneda Chang in 2014, in collaboration with artists Dayna Danger, Émilie Monnet and Melissa Morris, the project explores how one can create a feeling of sanctuary in one’s self. Drawing from the individual and collective strengths as indigenous women, mothers, and survivors, the project uses different creative process experiences in dance/movement, theatre, visual art, and video to give voice to the individual and collective experiences.

Wishes / Souhaits is supported through the Programme de partenariat culture et communauté de la Ville de Montréal and produced by ONISHKA.

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Dayna Danger

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit Metis-Saulteaux-Polish visual artist currently based in Tio'tia:ke. Using photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger’s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work. Danger holds a MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Danger has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Danger currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA).

Émilie Monnet

Intergrating theatre, performance art and technology, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice explores themes of identity, memory, co-existence and transformation. In 2016, Émilie founded Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a critical and artistic manifestation of live-arts by indigenous artists. Its last edition took place in Montreal, from June 1 to 9, 2017. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal. Her artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America as well as community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal youth.