Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) – 4th edition
The fourth iteration of La Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA) spans across six locations: Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Mûr, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, La Guilde, Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke and Musée McCord. Each site is rooted with community elements inviting the viewer to join, to listen, to share, while being surrounded by the varied and layered relationships we connect to within Indigenous sisterhood. We are linked as sisters through our shared knowledge and experience; each kinship has different and multiple connections, whether through a ceremony, activism, lineage, regionality, heritage, nationhood, identity, etc. Within these holistic relationships, we remain grounded, using them as a source and process of sustainability and nourishment.
The connections transcend the physical spaces of the biennial. Artists engage with other artists, and the Indigenous feminine becomes the focus. Photographers, audio composers, performers and makers support each other from conception to process to final product. Together the works act upon and expose a unique authorship/voice inspired by an Indigenous feminine kinship that is rooted in our personal experience shifting into an agency, bringing together those we want to spend our time with. We rely on these women to be our champions in our lives, our practices and our celebrations. The title of the biennial, níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur, is an extension of belonging and acceptance. From us to our sisters; the dedication we have to them, as a part of our communities, we belong to and for one another.
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