Sébastien Aubin Eruoma Awashish Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush Ludovic Boney Geronimo Inutiq - ONF Caroline Monnet - ONF Meky Ottawa Déranger
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Curator: Caroline Monnet
Mentors: Hannah Klaus, Pierre-François Ouellette and Marc Séguin
Déranger is an intensive creative lab for Indigenous francophone artists. Set up by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and artist Caroline Monnet, this multidisciplinary five-day workshop encourages the sharing of creative skills and practices and the cross-pollination of artistic genres, while nurturing the boom in Indigenous art. The aim of this incubator is to offer a creative environment resulting in prototypes that will help foster talent and promote Indigenous art.
Seven Inuit and First Nations artists are invited to design, create and present prototypes of media artworks at OBORO. Sébastien Aubin, Eruoma Awashish, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, Ludovic Boney, Geronimo Inutiq, Caroline Monnet and Meky Ottawa will be assisted throughout the process by OBORO’S New Media Lab, which will lend its expertise and technical resources. Mentoring sessions will be given by Hannah Klaus, Pierre-François Ouellette and Marc Séguin. Chanouk Newashish, a video maker from Wapikoni Mobile, will document the entire event.
At the end of the five days of intensive development, the three prototypes created in teams of two or three artists will be presented to major players in the Montreal cultural scene, who, depending on their interests, will be invited to produce or broadcast the works in conjunction with the NFB. The event will wrap up with a public showing.
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After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Sébastien Aubin worked for some of the most prestigious graphic design firms in Canada and then began a freelance career. He has designed publications for many artists, organizations and art galleries. He helped found the ITWÉ collective, which is devoted to research, creation, production and education in the area of Aboriginal digital culture.
Eruoma Awashish has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary art and won the artist award at Quebec Aboriginal Tourism 2015. She seeks to promote awareness of her culture. Her dual identity—her father is Atikamekw and her mother Québécoise—allows her to better grasp the differences between the two communities and create a space for dialogue through her work. Awashish feels a deep connection to her Aboriginal culture. Her work is focused on métissage, metamorphosis, pain and grief and is steeped in spirituality, symbolism and syncretism.
Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, who is originally from the small Innu community of Nutashkuan, has a wide range of interests, including music of all kinds, filmmaking and even just people watching from a park bench. She understands the reality of Aboriginal women and seeks to learn more about their experiences. A new passion of hers is to travel and explore unfamiliar places. Almost overnight, she began making short films, one of which picked up a prize in Toronto. She has also worked on several film sets.
After finishing his studies in sculpture in 2002, Ludovic Boney teamed up with four other artists to found the artist co-op Bloc 5. He works at the co-op and regularly completes public art projects on his own or in collaboration with others (screen printers, painters, photographers, architects, sculptors). Boney also teaches sculpture at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. Since 2015, he has lived in Saint-Romuald where he is working on large-scale public art projects and preparing gallery exhibitions.
Geronimo Inutiq is an accomplished artist in the fields of electronic music, deejaying, as well as digital images and video. Having been exposed to strong traditional Inuit cultural elements in his youth as well as the worlds of modern art, he has been able to weave those reference points into his practice in innovative ways. Guided by the notion that creative personal expression is a very subjective and individual experience, he is interested in the dialogue that emerges between the individual and the increasingly large and complex interrelated circles of socially construc
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary filmmaker and artist of Algonquin and French origin whose work has appeared at venues and festivals across Canada and around the world, including the Palais de Tokyo, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Toronto International Film Festival and Aesthetica. Her solo exhibition À l’ombre de l’évidence was recently presented at AXENÉO7, and her latest short film, Tshiuetin, had its world premiere at TIFF ’16. The Cinéfondation offered her a residence at the Cannes Film Festival to write her first feature.
Meky Ottawa I am an Atikamekw from Manawan. I was raised by my badass grandmother. We spent a lot of time in the forest because it was so peaceful and calm there. I was never afraid of anything with her around. She helped me become who I am today. When I was about 13, I would take my mother’s camera and shoot made-up news reports and even horror movies. That is how my interest in filmmaking started. I have created shorts for Wapikoni Mobile, designed album covers, and filmed a report for the Radio-Canada series 8e feu on women who do beadwork.