Artist Talk with Hannah Claus

Jan 13, 1:00 at ARTSPACE

Please join us for an artist talk with Hannah Claus on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Claus will discuss her artistic practice, including her recent body of work, hochelaga rock, which opens at Artspace on January 12 and runs until February 17. The talk will begin at 1:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

hochelage rock highlights the fluidity of Indigenous knowledge and time, and the constraints imposed upon this understanding by Western structures of chronology and record. Utilizing the image of the Hochelaga Rock, the commemorative stone for the village and people encountered by Jacques Cartier in 1535 that sits at McGill campus in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Hannah Claus interrupts its solidity to express the dislocation in time, space, and understanding between Western and Indigenous worldviews. hochelaga rock repositions the interplay of the stone marker, its plaque, and the plaque’s text, to make room for Indigenous voices, hoping to unsettle colonial truths and question what we know and how we remember.

Hannah Claus is a visual artist of English and Kanien'kehà:ka ancestry. In her artistic practice, Claus’ artwork is informed by cultural systems that highlight the inter-relational nature of an Indigenous, and more specifically a Kanien’kehà:ka, worldview expressed within contemporary experience. Her installations examine the nature of memory and remembering, utilizing materials and process to engage with time and space. Claus graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) in 1997 and obtained her Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2001. Concurrent with her artistic activities, Claus teaches contemporary Indigenous art history at Kiuna, the only Indigenous-run post-secondary institution in Quebec.

Learn more about the exhibition here.