An Aboriginal Spring of Art

An Aboriginal Spring of Art 1

On April 30 2013 before a packed audience in the foyer of the Maison de la culture Frontenac a great celebration, An Aboriginal Spring of Art, was launched with guests from the general public, and especially citizens of the area, artists and government representatives. For the occasion, Ondinnok called upon the visual artists Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras to create a mural inspired by this multi-media event. Based on photos taken with the audience attending the launch and photos of the event in general, Pat and Miki constructed a mosaic that was attached to the windows of the Maison de la culture Frontenac.

Produced by Ondinnok, this unique Aboriginal multi-media arts event presented a contemporary visual arts exhibition, installations, performances, theatre, a public lecture, a performative conference, films as well as a poetry cabaret. Out of a desire for reconciliation, Ondinnok wanted above all to invite the general public and in particular members of the cultural community to open, through art, a dialogue with the Aboriginal world of today.

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An Aboriginal Spring of Art 2

Thirty years of achievement at Ondinnok! The company has celebrated this feat with its Indigenous Art Spring –TWO, presented from April 28th to June 6th, 2015 at the Maison de la culture Frontenac. Entirely dedicated to First Nations women, this second edition invited the public to meet with the artists, artisans, curator, set designer, choreographer, and poets participating in this multi event’s various artistic expressions. Ensuing the success of the 2013 Indigenous Art Spring event, Ondinnok renewed the dialog it began with contemporary Indigenous art, and invited the general public to discover these daring and creative artists.

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An Aboriginal Spring of Art 3

The Aboriginal Spring of Art THREE brought together theatre, poetry, dance and music transcending the past and present unreconciled relationships between Canada and the Aboriginal peoples. We offered artistic programming linked to personal stories of recapturing identity and our desire to re-appropriate our languages. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, what are the dreams of re-indigenization that inhabit us? We celebrated living hopes. Happy #ASA3!

The #ASA3 took place at Tio’tia:ke, in the unceded territory of Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), also known as Montreal, which is the ancestral meeting place among Aboriginal nations.

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