these are our monuments
these are our monuments
rudi aker, Patricia Bourque, Lindsay Dawn Dobbin, Meagan Musseau
Curated by Emily Critch
11 September to 2 November 2021
Exhibition Walkthrough with curator Emily Critch: 10 September @ 7:00 pm
these are our monuments is a gathering of artwork that honours the histories and memories embedded in the traditional waterways of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik. The title of the exhibition comes from “Poem 10,” by Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe, in which she expresses a desire for the reader to reject colonial understandings of historical records and monuments and emphasizes the importance of holding reverence for the lands and waters that connect us throughout Mi’kma’ki and Wabanaki Territory. Using photography, installation, beadwork, sound, and poetry, the artists generate counter-cartographic narratives that honour the kinships and knowledge systems held within these waterways that sustain us.
We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of the land on which we live. It is upon the unceded, ancestral lands of L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) that the Owens Art Gallery is located. While this area is known as Sackville, New Brunswick, it is part of Siknikt, a district of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which L’nuk, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1725. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on this land.
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission is Free
Masks are mandatory
The Owens is partially accessible. The stairs from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the entrance off York Street have a handrail, but no ramp. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second-floor gallery and cisgender bathrooms are located in the basement and are not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to each of these floors. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals. There are two, reserved, accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery.
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