Art is happening in every corner of the National Gallery of Canada.
Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, the second exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada’s series of presentations of contemporary international Indigenous art, features works by more than 70 artists identifying with almost 40 Indigenous Nations, ethnicities and tribal affiliations from 16 countries, including Canada.
Àbadakone animates both galleries and public spaces with art in all media, including performance art, video and commissioned installations, complemented by a dynamic program of workshops, performances, film screenings, talks, and more.
Building on themes of continuity, activation, and relatedness, this exhibition explores the creativity, concerns and vitality of Indigenous art from virtually every continent. Àbadakone is led by National Gallery of Canada curators Greg A. Hill, Christine Lalonde and Rachelle Dickenson, with consulted curators Candice Hopkins, Ariel Smith and Carla Taunton, as well as a team of advisors from around the globe.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience compelling contemporary art, as Àbadakone taps into and amplifies the global pulse of Indigenous artistic production.
Àbadakone: Continuous Fire
The word Àbadakone in the Algonquin dialect of the Anishinaabemowin language translates into “continuous fire” in English.
In keeping with the metaphor of fire ignited with Sakahán in 2013, the title Àbadakone was provided by the Elders Language Committee of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. They felt that its connotation of a fire within each artist that continues to burn would be an appropriate title for the second presentation of this ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing Indigenous art from around the world.