See Authier's work "Mound" in this inaugural Ottawa Art Gallery group exhibition.
A SURVEY OF ART OF THE OTTAWA-GATINEAU REGION
April 28 – September 16, 2018
We'll All Become Stories:
"Thirty years since our founding, and with the impending opening of our new expanded home, the OAG will mark and celebrate this important juncture by drawing together a seminal collection of art to generate the most extensive and multilayered exploration of the region’s art history and contemporary production to date." — Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO
This landmark exhibition surveys art in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. It brings historical art
into dialogue with contemporary practices, including a series of newly commissioned works.
It is a story told from various perspectives, reflecting the interests and histories of diverse
Located at the confluence of three rivers, this region has long been a site of exchange and
interaction. The intertwining concepts of the exhibition’s Anishnābe (Algonquin), French and
English titles encapsulate its layered narrative. The Anishnābe concept of Àdisòkàmagan
implies that every object tells a story. In bringing these objects together, we emphasize the
crucial role of the arts in how we come to know ourselves. Author Gabrielle Roy underscored
this with her statement, “nous connaîtrions-nous seulement un peu nous-mêmes sans les
arts?" Mapping the overlapping artistic narratives of this region also confirms what Margaret
Atwood’s character Nell from “The Entities” observed: “In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
The works of art in this exhibition are presented along four thematic lines — Bodies,
Bridging, Mapping, and Technologies — which emerged from an exploration of the art and
history of this region. Together, they offer a glimpse at how we interpret our world, and
ourselves within it.
Rebecca Basciano, Jim Burant, Michelle Gewurtz and Catherine Sinclair