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 | Feu continuel
Friday, November 8, 2019 to Sunday, April 5, 2020


National Gallery of Canada
Special Exhibitions Galleries and Public Spaces
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4


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.

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Art in the Gallery's public spaces

During Àbadakone, visitors will be immersed in art the moment they cross the threshold into the Gallery. As part of the exhibition, the main entrance, the Colonnade, the Scotiabank Great Hall, and the concourse leading to the contemporary art galleries will be filled with artworks.

Jordan Bennett, Tepkik (detail), 2018–2019, installation view at Brookfield Place, Toronto. Collection of the artist. Commissioned by Brookfield Place, Toronto. Produced by Pearl Wagner Media & Art Consultants. © Jordan Bennett. Photo: Ernesto Distefano



Barry Ace  •  Brian Adams  •  Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou  •  Joi T. Arcand  •  Shuvinai Ashoona  •  Pierre Aupilardjuk  •  Rebecca Belmore  •  Jordan Bennett  •  Catherine Blackburn  •  Inger Blix Kvammen  •  Dempsey Bob  •  Shary Boyle  •  Edgar Calel  •  Manuel Chavajay  •  Hannah Claus  •  Dana Claxton  •  Melissa Cody  •  Ruth Cuthand  •  Thirza Cuthand  •  Mique’l Dangeli & Nick Dangeli  •  Dayna Danger  •  Jeneen Frei Njootli  •  Maureen Gruben  •  Helen Haig-Brown & Gwaai Edenshaw  •  Marja Helander  •  Sky Hopinka  •  Maria Hupfield  •  Taiye Idahor  •  Ursula Johnson  •  Eleng Luluan  •  Balu Jivya Mashe  •  Mata Aho Collective  •  Siwa Mgoboza  •  Dylan Miner  •  Tracey Moffatt  •  Caroline Monnet  •  Peter Morin  •  Zanele Muholi  •  Joar Nango  •  Marianne Nicolson  •  Eko Nugroho  •  Sayo Ogasawara  •  Qudus Onikeku  •  Inga-Wiktoria Påve & Anders Sunna  •  Fernando Poyón  •  Fredrik Prost  •  Skeena Reece  •  Peter Robinson  •  Evgeniy Salinder  •  Sarah Sense  •  Skawennati  •  Krista Belle Stewart  •  Ningiukulu Teevee  •  Joseph Tisiga  •  Tribal Women Artists Cooperative  •  Lucy Tulugarjuk  •  Rajesh Chaitya Vangad & Gauri Gill  •  Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Jamie Griffiths, Cris Derksen & Christine Tootoo  •  Will Wilson  •  Lisa Hageman Yahgujanaas

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Àbadakone Programming

Indigenous Programming and Outreach
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will offer a range of programming, including outreach workshops with Indigenous artists, a youth mentorship project and access to some of the artists. Stay tuned for details on all the excitement!

For information about outreach activities for Indigenous communities, please contact

    School Programs and Adult Tours
    Learn more about programs and activities taking place in conjunction with Àbadakone: