For the first time in a Canadian fine art museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is showcasing the prints of Alanis Obomsawin, distinguished filmmaker, renowned artist and cultural treasure to all. For nearly 50 years, working primarily with the National Film Board, the Waban-Aki artist has produced outstanding films focusing largely on the legends, experiences, memories and sufferings of her Nation, as well as other Indigenous communities, and their political conflicts with both provincial and federal governments. With a selection of over 40 of Obomsawin’s prints and four printing plates, the exhibition Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker. An Artist and her Nation: The Waban-Aki Basketmakers of Odanak shows that Obomsawin’s talents extend far beyond movies and music.
Alanis Obomsawin (born in 1932), Mother of So Many Children V, 2004, drypoint and etching. Private collection, Montreal.