Thursday, January 30, 2020
6 – 9 pm
Scotiabank Great Hall
Free ** with special extended hours of Àbadakone| Continuous Fire | Feu continuel **.
Please register here for free : https://www.gallery.ca/rsvp/abouttime
Developed in France and now held worldwide, La nuit des idées features public conversation in which guest experts, researchers, artists and members of the general public explore the major issues of our time.
This is the third Nuit des idées event in Ottawa, and the second hosted by the National Gallery of Canada. This year’s panelists engage with the theme of Time from a variety of viewpoints. The event relates to the NGC’s Canadian and Indigenous galleries, and the Gallery’s special exhibition of international contemporary Indigenous art, Àbadakone| Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. The conversation will centre around perceptions and conceptions of time, the experience of time, and time in contemporary art.
In English and French with simultaneous interpretation
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the French Embassy in Canada.
Panel 1 (in French): Caroline Monnet and Sylvie Poirier
Moderated by Stefan St-Laurent, multidisciplinary artist and independent curator.
Caroline is a multidisciplinary artist from Quebec’s Outaouais region. She studied Sociology and Communications at the University of Ottawa in Canada and the University of Grenada in Spain, before pursuing a career in the visual arts and film.
Her work has been presented around the world, and is included in numerous public and private collections, including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Caroline is an exhibiting artist in Àbadakone| Continuous Fire | Feu continuel.
Sylvie is a full professor with the Department of Anthropology at Université Laval, and Director of the journal Anthropologie et sociétés. She conducts research with the Aboriginal peoples of the Western Australian Desert, and the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw Nation of Quebec’s Haute-Mauricie region.
Her areas of research include Indigenous cosmologies and ontologies, Indigenous territorialities and knowledge; Aboriginal contemporaneities and resistances, and the anthropology of dreams.
DJ Jon Deck
Catch local M’ikmaq/Dene DJ mixing French and Indigenous music.
Join interpreters for a fascinating chat on selected works in Room A101 of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
7 Tapas Bar
Enjoy a special $7 food menu.
Visit this important special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world.
Panel 2 (in English): Jordan Bennett, Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow and Ira Wagman
Moderated by Gary Goodacre, Chief, Education and Public Programs, National Gallery of Canada
Jordan's art practice uses painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, family histories, and complex colonial perceptions of Indigenous histories, stereotypes and presence.
Jordan’s work focuses on the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk, and he is an exhibiting artist in Àbadakone| Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. His monumental work Tepkik hangs above the event in the Scotiabank Great Hall.
Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow
Alexandra is Anishinaabe and Kanien'kehá:ka, and a member of Whitefish River First Nation, with maternal roots in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. She is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University, where her research examines visual and material culture from her traditional territories in the Great Lakes region.
Alexandra was recently appointed Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada.
Ira Wagman studies cultural policy and the media industries, the history of television, theories of mediated time, and media ethics. His current research explores the relationship between digital media and personal memory. He is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies and the Interim Associate Director in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.