Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker

An Artist and her Nation: The Waban-Aki Basketmakers of Odanak

From June 7, 2019 to August 25, 2019

The MMFA unveils for the first time a selection of remarkable and emotive prints by Alanis Obomsawin, renowned filmmaker, writer, singer and artist. Working primarily in engraving and etching, the artist deals with the experience, memories and myths of her nation, the Waban-Aki people. Along with a selection of about 40 prints, the exhibition will also include intricate and fascinating ash and sweet grass objects, baskets, hand-made by members of the Waban-Aki nation at Odanak.

Obomsawin is one of the most celebrated indigenous filmmakers in Canada. First as a singer, author and storyteller, she began her film career in 1967. Her oeuvre of more than 50 films includes outstanding documentaries such as Incident at Restigouche and Kanehsatake – 270 Years of Resistance. She has received innumerable distinctions such as the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the International Documentary Association’s Pionneer Award.

Credits and Curator

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Alanis Obomsawin and the Waban-Aki people.

Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker is curated by Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections and Curator of Old Masters, MMFA.


The Museum thanks the MMFA Women of Influence Circle, whose mission is to feature women artists at the Museum and increase their presence, and acknowledges the essential contribution of Air Canada.