Skawennati was born in Kahnawake, Quebec, in 1969; she lives and works in Montreal, incorporating into her art aspects of history as much as the present and the changes it engenders. Shown from a First Nations’ perspective, her video projection draws a large arc that spans 600 years of history, from pre-Columbian America to contemporary reality that is in constant flux. TimeTraveller™, 2008-2013 runs seventy-five minutes and is presented in nine episodes, revisiting historical events and plugging into the future, all within a well-defined context. Compelling and entertaining, it's worth catching before the Biennale ends its run.

Skawennati
TimeTraveller™, 2008-2013
www.skawennati.com(lien externe)

Through January 4, 2015

 
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Skawennati production stills from TimeTraveller™, 2008-2013, machinima, 75:43 minutes, English courtesy of the artist; produced by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace with generous funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture, Hexagram Research Institute, Canada Council for the Arts, and Concordia University; www.timetravellertm.com(lien externe)

 
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The viewer is confronted with a very different reality in Andrea Bowers’ contribution to the Biennale. Also shown at the MAC, Courtroom Drawings (Steubenville Rape Case, Text Messages Entered As Evidence, 2013), 2014, refers to the actual case, but more specifically to the disturbing correspondence between its protagonists. While Skawennati chose to speak on a wide range of topics in her colourful video, Bowers, a feminist and social activist born in 1965 in Wilmington, Ohio, bores into an isolated event, finding in it larger societal issues. Her installation takes over an entire gallery wall, covering it in hand-drawn sheets with descriptions of the acts, based on text messages exchanged between Jane Doe and her attackers. Composed of 56 drawings altogether, it focuses on dehumanizing tendencies in social media, making it is a particularly thought-provoking piece.

Andrea Bowers
Courtroom Drawings (Steubenville Rape Case, Text Messages Entered As Evidence, 2013), 2014
Until January 4, 2015

 
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justiceforjanedoe, Anonymous Women Protesters, Steubenville Rape Case, March 13 - 17, 2013 (2014), graphite on paper (collection of Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA) Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

 

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