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Until August 1, 2021

Caroline Monnet

Ninga Mìnèh
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The MMFA is proud to present the first personal exhibition of Caroline Monnet in a Canadian museum. The multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin and French heritage explores, through her art, questions of identity, particularly in her maternal Indigenous roots.

View of the exhibition

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Installation

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Photo of the exhibition

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

View of the exhibition

Photo MBAM, Denis Farley

The works in Ninga Mìnèh, some of which are very recent, evoke both metaphorically and materially the inequalities in living conditions experienced by Indigenous communities in Canada. In most cases, reserve housing was hastily built with cheap materials: from the outside, they often appear shoddy or uncompleted. Families are crammed together, without the barest of comforts. The exhibition Ninga Mìnèh (Algonquin for “promise”) is a call to authorities to finally offer First Nations people decent, dignified, pleasant living conditions.

Caroline Monnet's artwork "We Shape Our Homes and Then Our Homes Shape Us"
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To highlight this untenable precarity of their situation, Monnet uses singular, raw construction materials, tar paper and membrane insulation. These symbolize the isolation communities living on reserves have been and continue to be subjected to. Despite the grimness of the chosen materials, the artist succeeds in creating vastly poetic works of arresting beauty. There is a tension that emanates from them, reflecting the disparity between their polished surfaces and the stark reality of some Indigenous communities.

Glass wool and Plexiglas artwork
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About the artist

Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. Her work has been included in international exhibitions and collections, such as those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, National Gallery of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
Winner of a 2020 Sobey Art Award and the 2020 Prix Pierre-Ayot, Caroline Monnet is a major figure in the current Quebec and Canadian art scene. In her practice, the artist revisits schemas and canons of art history and history more broadly.

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Credits and curatorial team

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Guest curator: Sylvie Lacerte

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts logo
A presentation of
Hydro Québec
Official Sponsor
Denalt
With the support of
Women of influence circle
Ville de Montréal
Contemporary Art Galleries Association
Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Gouvernement du Québec

Two ways to visit the Museum

View of the exhibition

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Installation

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Photo of the exhibition

Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

View of the exhibition

Photo MBAM, Denis Farley

Caroline Monnet's artwork "We Shape Our Homes and Then Our Homes Shape Us"

Caroline Monnet (born in 1985), We Shape Our Homes and Then Our Homes Shape Us, 2021, embroidery on sill gasket. Collection of the artist. Photo MMFA, Jean-François Brière

Glass wool and Plexiglas artwork

Caroline Monnet (born in 1985), AKI (Land), 2021. Collection of the artist. Photo MMFA, Jean-François Brière

Caroline Monnet. Photo Ulysse del Drago

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