Work­ing on Wa­ter

The Sudbury Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Ga­lerie du Nou­vel-On­tario, 174 El­gin St., will host a con­fer­ence on the re­la­tion­ship between wa­ter and vis­ual art on Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m. What hap­pens when we turn our at­ten­tion to wa­ter? More specif­i­cally, what is it that drives artists who chose to make work on Sud­bury’s wa­ter­ways? At this very mo­ment, Co­lette Lal­ib­erté is mak­ing an im­mer­sive wall­work at the GNO about the wa­ter­ways in Greater Sud­bury. And it’s not the first time that Sud­bury’s wa­ters are at the heart of an artis­tic project. In 2015, Emilio Por­tal and El­yse Por­tal cre­ated a sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion in­spired by Junc­tion Creek and its place within the re­gional wa­ter­shed. More re­cently, the artists be­hind the Be­shaabi­iganan ex­hi­bi­tion used the im­agery of wa­ter­ways to evoke ques­tions of tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory, treaty and In­dige­nous lan­guage. Dur­ing a pub­lic dis­cus­sion at the GNO, Lal­ib­erté, the Por­tals and Deanna Nebe­nion­quit will share their thoughts on the role of wa­ter in their work and ex­plore the ques­tion of art’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to wa­ter. Ad­mis­sion is free and everyone wel­come. There will be snacks. The con­fer­ence should last about one hour.

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