Portraits of the First Nations
This exhibition of portraits of Mi'kmaq people honours the First Nations. In this days
of celebration of a new nation, we thought it was also important to celebrate the First
Nations. To accompany the photography and painting, a text from Keptin John Joe
Sark will also figure in the exhibition. It is a letter written to Prince Charles on the
occasion of his visit for the 150 years of the first meeting for Confederation. The letter
reminds the Prince of the actual situation of the Mi'kmaq peoples and their position
in relation to Confederation meeting.
The photographic work consists of portraits taken in 2009, 2012 and 2014 at the
Panmure Island Pow Wow. Some images are printed on metallic paper to recall the
Daguerreotype, the first photographic printing process. Te poses and portrait are
somewhat a homage to Edward Curtis, nineteenth century photographer, who went
among first nations peoples to document their homes, dwellings and took many
portraits as well.
An installation/projection with film and stills from the Pow Wow celebration will
accompany the lecture of John Joe Sark's text.
Paintings by Joan Cullen evoke the geographic and symbolic space of the Mi'kmaq
land of Abegweit, Ile St Jean or Prince Edward Island.
This will be shown at Cullen Cruchet Artworks Gallery
58 Pine St, Brackley Beach
tel: 902-213- 1575
The opening and a Ceremony by Keptin John Joe Sark will be the 5th of October
2014 from 2 to 5 pm and will run to October 17