Aïcha Bastien N’Diaye, Alexis Gros-Louis, France Gros-Louis Morin, Andrée Levesque Sioui, Teharihulen Michel Savard, Manon Sioui, Nicolas Renaud, Annie Baillargeon, Anne-Marie Bouchard, Dgino Cantin, Philip Després, Érika Hagen-Veilleux, Jeffrey Poirier, Alain-Martin Richard, Guy Sioui Durand et Anne-Marie Proulx
Yahndawa’ : portages entre Wendake et Québec
Artists : Annie Baillargeon, Aïcha Bastien N’Diaye, Anne-Marie Bouchard, Dgino Cantin, Philip Després, Alexis Gros-Louis, France Gros-Louis Morin, Érika Hagen-Veilleux, Andrée Levesque Sioui, Jeffrey Poirier, Nicolas Renaud, Alain-Martin Richard, Teharihulen Michel Savard, Manon Sioui
Writers : Guy Sioui Durand and Anne-Marie Proulx
In collaboration with : Avatar, La Bande Vidéo, La Chambre Blanche, Le Lieu, L’Œil de Poisson, Rhizome
Exhibition from September 9 to October 16
In the galleries of VU, L’Œil de poisson, La Bande Vidéo and in the window of Méduse, at 580 and 620 Côte d’Abraham
In collaboration with Productions Recto-Verso
Opening on September 9, from 5pm
5pm – Opening of the galleries
6pm – Acknowledgements
7pm – Performance by Philip Després
Yahndawa’ is ahaha’, an ancient waterway which the earth, ya’ta’, wears on her back. She carried the sky, yaronhia’, on her shoulders long before she took us into her arms. Änen’enh; we are her children. As she teaches us, the stories and dreams that we carry are renewed in our relationships, commensurate with what we give and what we receive. Kwaweyih. Our words, onywawenda’, are also promises. Our actions mark the ecosystems. One day, we shore up the riverbanks; the next, we let the waters and life reclaim their natural course. Time and time again, we portage and we are transported, we interconnect and we shape our landscapes. Onyiondih. Yithïa’ch.
—Andrée Levesque Sioui and Anne-Marie Proulx
Yahndawa’ is an exchange among seven artists from Wendake and seven artists from Quebec City who have been asked to discuss their practices, collaborate, and co-create with the support of seven artists’ organizations. Following the river (yahndawa’—known as the Atiawenhrahk/Saint-Charles) that joins our two communities and embracing the notion of portaging, we each entered the project with our own baggage which we then unpacked in new lands, all the while supporting each other in our shared adventures.
Since 2020, an artistic committee* comprising members of the Wendat community and VU have met regularly to develop and nurture an exchange project with the aim of forging bonds between our two communities. Yahndawa’ is an exchange of artistic practices, but more broadly, it also allows us to consider our concepts, ways of doing things, visions, realities, and identities.
Workshops (summer/fall 2021)
During meetings in Wendake and Quebec City and on a river canoe outing, the artists and representatives of each of the organizations involved travelled together through the places where our histories converge.
Residences (winter/spring/summer 2022)
The artists collaborated on the development of ideas and projects, with technical and artistic support from the organizations. During the residencies, the artists were based at a group workshop at Méduse.
Dissemination (fall 2022)
The artists will present the work they have developed throughout Yahndawa’ as an exhibition in Quebec City and an event in Wendake.
*Artistic commitee : Annie Baillargeon, Jacynthe Carrier, France Gros-Louis Morin, Véronique Isabelle, Anne-Marie Proulx, Teharihulen Michel Savard, Manon Sioui
This project is an alliance between the Wendat collective and VU to cultivate relationships between the non-indigenous and indigenous artistic communities of the Quebec region located in Nionwentsïo, Wendat territory.