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Pizandawatc / The One Who Listens / Celui qui écoute

Explore the deep connection between land, language, and cultural transmission in a major exhibition featuring Anishinaabe/French artist Caroline Monnet’s prolific production.

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Caroline Monnet’s first exhibition in a Toronto public gallery comprises a survey of her prolific production, centering around a new series of sculptures exploring the deep relationship between land, language, and intergenerational transmission of knowledge. Presenting a range of connected new and existing works, Pizandawatc / The One Who Listens / Celui qui écoute offers a comprehensive view of Monnet’s complex aesthetic vocabulary, polyvalent material dexterity, and cohesive conceptual investigation. Combining the vocabulary of Anishinaabe visual culture with industrial materials, Monnet’s sculptures, mixed media works, videos, and installations expand on the centrality of the land and its resources in Anishinaabe spirituality, history, and resilience.

The exhibition is on view at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto—University of Toronto Art Centre (in University College) through March 23, 2024. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About the Artist

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Caroline Monnet.

Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Québec. She studied Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and film. Her work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial (NYC), Toronto Biennal of Art, KØS museum (Copenhagen), Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). Solo exhibitions include Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Arsenal Contemporary (NYC) and Centre d’art international de Vassivière (France). Her work is included in numerous collections in North America as well as the permanent UNESCO collection in Paris. Her films have been extensively programmed at international film festivals including TIFF and Sundance. In 2016, she was selected for the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation residency in Paris. Monnet is recipient of the 2020 Pierre-Ayot award and the Merata Mita Fellowship of the Sundance Institute, and she was recently named Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec. She is based in Montréal and is represented by Blouin-Division Gallery. 

Image: Caroline Monnet, Okikad, 2023. Bronze, 15 in x 22 in x 12 in. Photo: Charlie Leroy, courtesy of the artist and Blouin-Division Gallery.

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