Montréal, arts interculturels presents Ji zoongde’eyaang by Lara Kramer & Ida Baptiste
A collaborative exhibition where Anishinaabe Oji-Cree mother-daughter artists bring forward their relational practices through generations to express and represent embodied experiences like memory, loss, and reclamation.
In this collaborative mother-daughter exhibition, Lara Kramer and Ida Baptiste bring forward their relational practices through generations to express and represent embodied experiences like memory, loss, and reclamation. The title of the exhibition, Ji zoongde’eyaang, means “to have a strong heart” in Anishinaabemowin.
The exhibit features older, never shown works of Ida Baptiste from the early 1990s that draw on her memories of attending Brandon Indian Residential School. It also features a series of contemporary pieces by both artists in various mediums, including photography, video, text and sound.
22 OCT – 19 NOV
Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 6 PM
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
“This is our practice together. Of labour. Of love. Of love labour. It is a story of resistance, of survivance and of our ongoing presence here on Turtle Island. It is the place where we, with our soft hard loving hands, materialize imagination and dreams to pave a healthier path forward. A practice intended for sharing with future generations.” – Lara Kramer
Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer, and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage, raised in London, Ontario. She lives and works in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. Her choreographic work and research over the last thirteen years have been grounded in intergenerational relations, intergenerational knowledge, and the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada. She is the first generation in her family to not attend the Residential schools.
Her creations in the form of dance, performance and installation have been presented across Canada and Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, the US and the UK.
She has received multiple awards, acknowledgements and prizes for her work both as an emerging and established artist. Lara Kramer has participated in several residencies including the Indian Residential School Museum of Canada in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and was Dancemakers Resident Artist from 2018-2021. In 2021, Lara joined the MAI as an associate artist and programming curator for the MAI’s 25th anniversary season. Lara Kramer is a Center de Création O Vertigo – CCOV Associate Artist since 2021.
Native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ida Baptiste is an artist and retired Ojibwa language teacher based in Rama, Ontario. She is a member of Berens River First Nation, Manitoba, Treaty 5 territory and presently living in Chippewas of Rama Mnjikaning First Nation, Ontario, Williams Treaties First Nation. She attended Fanshawe College for Fine Arts as well as the Beal Art program in London, Ontario. In 2004 she completed her BA in Native Studies at Trent University, and subsequently attended Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute at M’Chigeeng First Nation, Mniddo Mnising Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
Ida Baptiste’s early artwork was widely shown between 1975 and the early 90’s in Ontario. Her works are displayed across Turtle Island and have been a part of major museum exhibitions. Her artistic practice is primarily in traditional contemporary art, beading and making regalia. Between 2011-2019 Ida Baptiste worked as an Ojibwa language teacher at Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary school in Rama. She is a traditional pow wow dancer and a survivor of Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School and Brandon Indian Residential School.
Founded in 1999, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) is a non-profit organization that supports the development, creation, presentation and promotion of intercultural arts for a variety of audiences. MAI‘s programming promotes hybrid and innovative practices in dance, theatre, visual arts, speech arts, performance, music and interdisciplinary arts, while building bridges between artists and local communities through its Public + program.
Montréal arts interculturels (MAI)
This nonprofit organization supports the development, creation, presentation and promotion of intercultural arts. The programming showcases innovative hybrid works in dance, theatre, visual arts, music, storytelling and performance and interdisciplinary arts, while building bridges between artists and local communities.
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