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Artspace presents

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Hannah Claus, passage, 38 x 56", digital print on paper, 2017

hochelaga rock
Hannah Claus

January 12 – February 17, 2018

Opening Reception
Friday January 12, 2018
7-10pm

Artist Talk
Saturday January 13, 2018
1pm

Artspace
378 Aylmer Street North
Peterborough, ON

Please join Artspace on Friday January 12, 2018 from 7 to 10pm for the opening of hochelaga rock, a new exhibition by Hannah Claus. The opening will also coincide with the launch of a new publication that focuses on the work of Claus, with writing by Erin Sutherland and Naomi Johnson. The limited run of 150 publications will be available for purchase at Artspace or through the centre’s website.

hochelage rock highlights the fluidity of Indigenous knowledge and time, and the constraints imposed upon this understanding by Western structures of chronology and record. Utilizing the image of the Hochelaga Rock, the commemorative stone for the village and people encountered by Jacques Cartier in 1535 that sits at McGill campus in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Hannah Claus interrupts its solidity to express the dislocation in time, space and understanding between Western and Indigenous worldviews. hochelaga rock repositions the interplay of the stone marker, its plaque and the plaque’s text, to make room for Indigenous voices, hoping to unsettle colonial truths and question what we know and how we remember.

Hannah Claus would like to acknowledge Elders John Janvier and Jerry Saddleback, as well as the Tsi Ronterihwanónhnha ne Kanien'kéha Language and Cultural Center for their contribution to hochelaga rock.

This exhibition was made possible through the financial assistance of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Initiatives for Indigenous Futures (IIF) and Milieux Institute at Concordia University. The artist would like to thank AbTeC (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace) for their support of this project.

Bio
Hannah Claus is a visual artist of English and Kanien'kehà:ka ancestry. In her artistic practice, Claus’ artwork is informed by cultural systems that highlight the inter-relational nature of an Indigenous, and more specifically a Kanien’kehà:ka, worldview expressed within contemporary experience. Her installations examine the nature of memory and remembering, utilizing materials and process to engage with time and space. Claus graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) in 1997 and obtained her Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2001. She has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile. Her work is included in various public collections, such as the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Montreal and Global Affairs Canada. She is presently completing her second term on the board of directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective - Collectif des commissaires autochtones, and has recently joined the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal with a mandate to ameliorate the urban infrastructure and services for urban Indigenous artists. Concurrent with her artistic activities, Claus teaches contemporary Indigenous art history at Kiuna, the only Indigenous-run post-secondary institution in Quebec. While she grew up on the East coast, Claus has lived and worked first in Ontario, and since 2001, in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, Quebec, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka. She is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte - Tyendinaga (Ontario).

Artspace’s main gallery is a physically accessible space.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer
Director + Curator
Artspace
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883

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