Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters.

Skawennati, Becoming the Peacemaker (Kahentéhshon), machinimagraph from The Peacemaker Returns, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, The Peacemaker Returns, still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, Tadodaho, machinimagraph from The Peacemaker Returns, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, The Peacemaker Returns, still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, Kahentéhshon at the White House, machinimagraph from The Peacemaker Returns, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, The Peacemaker Returns, still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, The Peacemaker Returns, still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, The Peacemaker Returns, still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati.

Credit: Roger Lemoyne

View of the exhibition Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, VOX, from October 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

Workshop in the exhibition Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, VOX, from October 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

Guided tour of the exhibition Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, VOX, from October 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018. Credit: Michel Brunelle.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, VOX, from October 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

Guided tour of the exhibition Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, VOX, from October 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018. Credit: Michel Brunelle.

Credit: Vox
Skawennati

Touring schedule

April 18 to May 19, 2018
Axenéo7, Gatineau

A children's exhibition designed for kids aged 5 to 11 by Skawennati

My name is Iotetshèn:’en, and I live on Earth—usually. Our planet is united under the Great Law of Peace. […] Earth has been attacked by more than one visitor from outerspace, and our harmonious way of life is being threatened. So for now, my home is this spaceship. We are travelling to the first meeting of the five nearest, friendliest planets in our galaxy. The goal of our mission is to create a union that will protect us from attacks and also help us share our very different knowledges. I have been invited on this historic voyage because I have a special power…

Thus begins The Peacemaker Returns, a futuristic saga set in 3025 yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and featuring historical figures such as Tekanawí:ta, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! This new machinima—an animation-style movie produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life—is the core of the children’s exhibition Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, designed specifically for kids aged 5 to 11 by Skawennati. Audiences of all ages are invited to (re)discover some traditions in the artist’s “museum of the future,” an original installation. A guided tour and a collective workshop in the form of an innovative board game will encourage young and mature viewers alike to (re)learn history from an Indigenous perspective and imagine how all people can contribute to the world of tomorrow, reminding us how History, like any other narrative, is a construction defined by those who tell it.

Produced in partnership with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and Obx Labs, this exhibition benefits from the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montreal under the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montreal, as well as the Caisse de la Culture of the Mouvement Desjardins. This initiative is also made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, Foundation of Greater Montréal, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Booking information

Language: English, French

Space required: 100 m2 (1076 ft2)

Interview

Interview with Skawennati during her exhibition at VOX.

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Biography

Skawennati

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, she holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC)…

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Exhibition

Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters. Children's exhibition.
2017.10.28 - 2018.01.27

“My name is Iotetshèn:’en, and I live on Earth—usually. For now, we are travelling to the first meeting of the five nearest, friendliest planets in our galaxy. I have been invited on this historic voyage because I have a special power…”  

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Information

Valérie Morin
Touring Coordinator
valerie.morin@centrevox.ca