The MMFA Spotlights Contemporary Indigenous Art for National Indigenous Peoples Day

A week of virtual Indigenous art.

In the lead-up to National Indigenous Peoples Day, on June 21, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA) is spotlighting exemplary Indigenous contemporary art across its online platforms for public viewing. The initiative began yesterday on the museum’s Instagram and Facebook pages with the In Between Worlds photographic series by Plains Cree photographer Meryl McMaster, which touches on her mixed heritage and reconnection with the land.

Each day, the museum will showcase different artists, including artist and filmmaker Caroline Monnet, who will be exhibiting at the MMFA in 2021, as well as Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams’ 3D-technology sculptures. As curator Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk’s pick, contemporary Inuit drawings by Shuvinai Ashoona will be highlighted.

From the MMFA collection, West Coast sculptor Charles Joseph’s 21.45-metre Residential School Totem Pole (2014–2016) will be discussed through video by Sylvie Lacerte, curator of Quebec and Canadian art. The rest of the museum’s offerings are also available for public virtual viewing through the “from home” website, which includes remote art therapy sessions and digital tours.


Meryl McMaster (born in 1988), Sentience, from the series “In-Between Worlds”, 2010, chromogenic print, artist’s proof 1/2. MMFA, gift of Meryl McMaster.

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