The final exhibition is divided into two separate installations. One at the Musée Ilnu in Mashteuiatsh, the other at the Galerie du Vieux-Couvent in Saint-Prime.
At the Musée Ilnu de Mashteuiatsh, the work was added to the permanent collection. At the Vieux-Couvent, the exhibition will spend the summer of 2023 in the gallery.
In both cases, the works are accompanied by electronic tablets that broadcast interactive visual and audio works.
All the work was carried out in collaboration between Kassinu-Mamu students and the artists: Marie-Renée Bourget Harvey, Amélie Courtois, Benoît Côté and Josée Robertson.
This Homage to the High Trapper/Kanitau-unahitshesht is an inverted reference to Riopelle’s famous masterpiece L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, the “high trapper” – Kanitau-unahitshesht in the Ilnu language – a nickname coined by André Breton, leader of the Surrealist movement. To create the series of paintings in L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, Riopelle took long walks on Isle-aux-Grues and Ile-aux-Oies and collected various objects and fauna and flora samples. He would then place these objects on wooden boards and stencil them with spray paint. The youth of Mashteuiatsh, in the region of Lac-Saint-Jean, will be called upon to apply a similar process to various objects from their immediate environment found on their Indigenous community’s territory to create their own artworks. They will collect sounds from their space and create compositions using fonofone-image, an innovative digital tool developed by project partner Cosimu to combine music and image.
Realized within the framework of the centenary
The creation of the Foundation was inspired by the dream of Jean Paul Riopelle, who wished to pass on his passion for art, his vision and inspire the next generation of artists to explore, innovate and surpass their creative potential.