The cross-Canada touring art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation will be showcased at Gallery 101 from September 13^th to 29, and a special event to launch the installation will take place at the Main branch of the Ottawa Public Library on September 13^th. This collaborative arts project features the dramatic mixed-media triptych, Lost My Talk, and other artwork by Alberta-based Indigenous artist, Lana Whiskeyjack, and the award winning documentary film Lana Gets Her Talk (37 minutes/2017), by Beth Wishart MacKenzie.
In this “Time of Reconciliation”, this art and film installation explores the intergenerational wounding of Canada’s Indian Residential School system and the power of art and Indigenous pathways to heal the wounding. The artists Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie will travel to Ottawa for a special launch of pîkiskwe-speak that will take place on September 13. The event will include music by Ottawa’s Carmel Whittle, a special screening of Lana Gets Her Talk, and a community Conversation in Reconciliation facilitated by Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill of Kitigan Zibi.
Special Screening and Conversation in Reconciliation at the OPL
Thursday, September 13, 6:30-9:00 PM
Ottawa Public Library, Main branch, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
Reception to follow, Admission: FREE
Exhibition Installation at Gallery 101
Opening Celebration Friday, September 14: “5 à 7” (5-7pm)
with the Artists
Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie
Gallery 101, 280 Catherine Street, Ottawa
To arrange a tour, call: 613-230-2799
With this touring art and film installation, the artists seek to engage communities across Canada in Conversations of Reconciliation through ART, conversations aimed at writing a new chapter, painting a new vision, and creating a new protocol for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relations in Canada.
pîkiskwe-speak “is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program (in commemoration of Canada’s 150th). With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.” (Canada Council for the Arts Communiqué)
Tour coordinator: Beth Wishart MacKenzie
Director: Laura Margita
Ottawa Public Library