Inaabiwin

Hannah Claus, water song, 2014, installation. Courtesy of the artist. Hannah Claus, water song, 2014, installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Inaabiwin

October 4, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Opening reception: October 3, 2019
Scott Benesiinaabandan, Hannah Claus, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, and Greg Staats, with a poetic response written by Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Indigenous peoples have always embodied a relational approach to understanding and interacting with the world which allows them to engage more deeply through complex relationships with themselves and the natural world. The artists in this exhibition use their varied art practices to explore these relationships and by doing so, offer a glimpse into the complexities underscoring Indigenous worldviews. 

Through the diverse work of these artists, this exhibition endeavours to explore the imaginative territory of Indigenous relationality in memory, body, land, material objects and identity. Informed by their unique perspectives, and distinct nations and communities, each artist opens doorways into thinking about the relationships that exist within and around us. Their artistic interventions invite us to reflect upon and question our predominant ways of thinking and knowing.

In Anishinaabemowin, inaabiwin means “movement of light” and is used to describe lightning.

Curated by Danielle Printup


Organized and circulated by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. With support from the Ontario Arts Council and Lawson A.W. Hunter. 

Presented in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Àbadakone / Continuous Fire / Feu continuel.

 Lawrence Cook.Meryl McMaster, Murmur, 2013, ink jet prints. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Photo: Lawrence Cook.