hochelaga rock

Hannah Claus

Jan 12 - Feb 17, 2018

Opening: Jan 12, 7pm-10pm

hochelaga rock highlights the fluidity of Indigneous 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 Tioh’tiá:ke / Montreal, I wish to interrupt its solidity to express the dislocation in time, space and understanding between Western and Indigenous worldviews. This new body of work repositions the interplay of Hochelaga Rock, its plaque and the plaque’s text, to let through glimpses of other voices, times and seasons. In this way, I hope to deconstruct colonial truths and question ways of knowing and remembering.



Hannah Claus would like to acknowledge Elders John Janvier and Jerry Saddleback, as well as the Tsi Ronterihwanónhnha ne Kanien’kéha Language and Cultural Center for their contribution to hochelaga rock.

This exhibition was made possible through the financial assistance of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Initiatives for Indigenous Futures (IIF) and Milieux Institute at Concordia University. The artist would like to thank AbTeC (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace) for their support of this project.

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. She has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile. Her work is included in various public collections, such as the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Montreal and Global Affairs Canada. She is presently completing her second term on the board of directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones, and has recently joined the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal with a mandate to ameliorate the urban infrastructure and services for urban Indigenous artists. Concurrent with her artistic activities, Claus teaches contemporary Indigenous art history at Kiuna, the only Indigenous-run post-secondary institution in Quebec. While she grew up on the East coast, Claus has lived and worked first in Ontario, and since 2001, in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, Quebec, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka. She is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte – Tyendinaga (Ontario).