Ji zoongde’eyaang

“This is our practice together. Of labor. Of love. Of love labor. It is a story of resistance, of survivance and of our ongoing presence here on Turtle Island. It is the place where we, with our soft hard loving hands, materialize imagination and dreams to pave a healthier path forward. A practice intended for sharing with future generations.”

The exhibit features a series of nine blankets created by the artists as well as older paintings, never shown works of Ida Baptiste from the early 1990’s that draw on her memories of attending Brandon Indian Residential School. It also features a series of contemporary pieces by both artists in various mediums, including film, text and sound.

In this collaborative mother-daughter exhibition, Anishinaabe Oji-Cree artists Ida Baptiste and Lara Kramer bring forward their relational practices through generations to express and represent embodied experiences like memory, loss, and reclamation. The title of the exhibition, “Ji zoongde’eyaang”, means “to have a strong heart” in Anishinaabemowin.

Production
Lara Kramer Danse
Conceived and Created
Lara Kramer + Ida Baptiste
Guest Artists
Jeanette Kotowich, Ruby Caldwell Kramer + Emerson Ninigishki’iing
Technical Director
Philip Richard-Authier
Creative Residencies
Rama Studios
With the support of
Lara Kramer Danse, Rama Studios, Conseil des arts de Montréal + Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Vernissage
Gallery of the MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels), October 22nd, 2022
With performance
Jeanette Kotowich

© 2024 Lara Kramer