January 24 2019

Résurgence: a photo exhibition from Meky Ottawa hosted at La Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal

An exhibition hosted at La Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal until March 1st, 2019, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

In cooperation with Artexte and B21 Art + Société, and with support from the Caisse de la Culture and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Maison Photo Montréal is pleased to present the “Résurgence” artistic creation and presentation residency program in contemporary photography for Indigenous artists.

Atikamekw artist Meky Ottawa offers us a series of portraits through which she tells a story featuring forgotten characters from various legends, who inspire us to think about the forces that drive Native women, past and present. It is a work of reappropriation of women’s bodies by women and seeks to break taboos and shed light on the many superstitions, legends and fantasies that shape the way we represent women as sexual beings.

Going beyond clichés and images of strong women, the artist criticizes the binary representation of identities while tackling the transmutation of genders and myths.

Meky Ottawa is an Atikamekw and hails from Manawan. As a multidisciplinary artist based in Tio'tia:ke Montreal, she uses video, illustration and art installations as her medium. She is self-taught and a karoke singer in her spare time. Her images of the artistic roots of Atikamekw culture are transposed into a context that juxtaposes urban settings and nighttime dreamscapes. Composed of fixed or moving images, the contrasts in her fields of view fire the senses and imbue the origin of humanity with mystery. Ottawa plays with reality to express its fragility and irony.

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