Session 13 | Caroline Monnet
On September 28 at 7 pm
For this thirteenth SESSION, Caroline Monnet has prepared a video program that joins her work with that of other indigenous artists in order to think about contemporary representations of indigenous identity. Taken together, these works raise with authenticity, in the form of a visual manifesto, still-relevant questions about colonialism and cultural stereotypes. By placing the diversity of indigenous cultural experiences and realities at the forefront, Caroline Monnet underscores the plurality of voices and practices found in indigenous communities today.
Darryl Nepinak, Indian (2011) – 1 min. 42 sec.
At a national spelling contest, a contestant trips on a familiar word.
Marie-Pier Ottawa, La tonsure (2009) – 3 min. 42 sec.
A stormy day. A high-voltage film.
Kevin Lee Burton, S.E.C.K. (2012) – 10 min. 26 sec.
Many indigenous people do not speak their traditional language. S.E.C.K. is a series of confessions about language by four young indigenous people. The thoughts and emotions in these confessions create a landscape which shows the disparate realities in which these close friends live.
Sébastien Aubin, Hide (2014) – 2 min. 46 sec.
Featuring the hand-scraped hide of barren-ground caribou spinning to the tune of the sparkling winter sky. Exploration constellations, warble fly bites, hide dander, long hair, and the constant jarring shifts required to keep it all spinning.
Collectif AM, Again (2015) – 3 min. 14 sec.
In collaboration with the artist Christian Chapman, who supplied the images.
An interpretation of the story of an Anishinaabe artist who lives in the forest.
Caroline Monnet, Mobilize (2015) – 3 min. 30 sec.
Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south.
Caroline Monnet, Ikwé (2010) – 4 min. 30 sec.
An experimental film run through with the narrative of the innermost thoughts of a woman and with the teachings of her mother, the moon.
Lisa Jackson, Snare (2013) – 3 min. 30 sec.
A performance piece which captures the brutality of the violence inflicted on indigenous women.
Caroline Monnet, Portrait of an Indigenous Woman (2014) – 15 min.
Ten women get together to try to define what it means to be an indigenous woman today.
Caroline Monnet is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin and French descent. Her work has been presented at numerous exhibition venues and festivals in Canada and abroad. Recently, AXENÉO7 presented her solo exhibition À l’ombre de l’évidence, while her most recent short film, Tshiuetin, received its world premiere at TIFF ‘16. In addition, Cinéfondation has granted her its Cannes film festival residency for the writing of her first feature film. Caroline Monnet lives in Montreal and is co-founder of the indigenous collective ITWÉ.