PEJIPUK |the winter is coming: MEAGAN MUSSEAU

Date: February 2nd – March 17th, 2018

PEJIPUK | the winter is coming is an exhibition by Meagan Musseau acknowledging the inherent and intuitive connections to Ktaqamkuk, the island now called Newfoundland. This exhibition integrates Indigenous art practice with contemporary techniques to reclaim Mi’kmaq and Beothuk cultural belongings and place names. Musseau works in opposition to colonialism and the cultural erasure of the traditional people of Ktaqamkuk. She hopes to honour the historical and contemporary roles of Indigenous women as cultural producers, story-keepers, and healers.

Musseau aims to create objects that are embedded with narrative to gain a deep rooted understanding of the water and the land of her ancestral territory. Her artistic practice is comprised of research, community involvement, and actions between herself, land, and story objects. She produces these objects using the labor intensive processes of beadwork, basket weaving, embroidery, and hand sewing seal skin and moose hide. Interweaving these techniques with new media, Musseau activates the story objects through land-based installations which seek to acknowledge Indigenous territory through performative action among infrastructure used to enforce boundaries and designate space.

This exhibition is a continuation of Musseau’s Inter-Arts project titled we are not landless, funded by Canada Council for the Arts. A series of works for PEJIPUK | the winter is coming will be produced during the Inherent Design artist residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

MEAGAN MUSSEAU is a Mi’kmaw visual artist from the community of Curling located in the Bay of Islands, Ktaqamkuk (Western Newfoundland). Musseau has a BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and she is a member of the Indigenous Artist Collective on Lekwungen territory––Victoria, BC. Meagan received a 2016 Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and her work was recently featured in “Constellations: bonds, ties and networks in 10 emerging practices” by Erin Sutherland for Canadian Art, Summer 2017.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au cœur de nos vies et dans l’ensemble du Canada.

Eastern Edge would like to further acknowledge the generous support provided by, Flotilla and The Averbach Foundation.