The exhibitions

Once upon a time… The Western : A new frontier in Art and Film

Once upon a time… The Western : A new frontier in Art and Film

From November 3 2017 to February 4 2018

Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan is an immersive installation in which various elements evocative of the sacred appear. It provides a means for “a glimpse into the other world”— transposing the Innu and Atikamekw idea behind the words kushapetshekan and kosapitcikan, kept secret by those First Nations peoples—without, nonetheless, entirely revealing it, through an approach that the artists have rooted in decolonization. The accompanying soundtrack also suggests another space and time. A cylinder-shaped device is used as a surface for projection in order to heighten the intimate nature of the experience and invite visitors to pause for a moment.

“In 2016, the Museum was invited to a preview of three prototypes at DÉRANGER, a creative lab organized by the NFB. The multimedia project created by Awashish, Ottawa and Bellefleur-Kaltush already offered a unique experience, and the combination of sound and visual effects hinted at the possibility of an immersive, spiritual experience. Following this initial contact, the Museum’s teams worked with the NFB’s artists and craftspeople to develop this prototype into an impressive full-scale work. Through this project, the Museum sought to support innovation and artistic creation in Indigenous communities,” explained Geneviève Goyer-OuimetteGail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art, MMFA.

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