Prairie Scene

The largest gathering of Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists ever presented outside the Prairies!

April 26 to May 8, 2011


April 26 - May 8, 2011

Gallery 101

301 1/2 Bank Street, Ottawa

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Curators Leanne L’Hirondelle, Amber Dawn Bear-Robe

The prairie region was one of the last in Canada to be colonized. Complex issues resulting from colonial practices such as the residential school system and forced removal from traditional lands still affect First Nations and Métis people in the Pimâskweyâw region. The result has been a need to come to terms with a legacy of genocide and to face subsequent losses such as, for example, traditional language.

This exhibition examines the experience of Aboriginal women in Saskatchewan and Manitoba through the work of five acclaimed artists working in diverse media, including including performance, video and two-dimensional works . Joi Arcand (Saskatoon), Peter Brass and Helder Maruicio Carvajal (Regina), Robin Brass (Regina), and Jackie Traverse (Winnipeg) each look at their own experiences with unique insights, demonstrating the diversity and power of Aboriginal women’s voices.

Presented by Gallery 101 in collaboration with Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Manitoba Arts Council, City of Winnipeg, Saskatchewan Arts Board, our supporters and all our relations.