MEA­GAN MUSSEAU

Canadian Art - - Generously Supported By Rbc -

Mea­gan Musseau is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist of Mi’kmaq and set­tler ancestry from the Bay of Is­lands, Ktaqamkuk (New­found­land). Her video in­stal­la­tion Made in Ktaqamkuk (2016) ex­plores the In­dige­nous con­nec­tions to the land now called New­found­land, and the ten­sions of be­long­ing that ex­ist in First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties on the is­land as a re­sult of re­cently be­ing in­cluded in the In­dian Act. Re­count­ing oral knowl­edge and sto­ries passed down to her by her grand­mother and other fam­ily mem­bers, Musseau nar­rates footage of her walk­ing on the land. The land holds her fam­ily’s sto­ries—the knowl­edge of her an­ces­tors who walked on it since time im­memo­rial. Musseau’s in­stal­la­tion ex­am­ines the ways in which land knowl­edge and fa­mil­ial knowl­edge con­sti­tute be­long­ing out­side of colo­nial iden­tity.

Mea­gan Musseau Made in Ktaqamkuk (stills) 2016 Sound and video in­stal­la­tion Di­men­sions vari­able

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