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Grand Nord Grand Sud, artistes inuit et aborigènes

May 11th, 2010 - November 28th, 2010

Jack Ross Jakamarra Yuendumu, Le rêve des fourmis volantes
« Le rêve des fourmis volantes », Jack Ross Jakamarra Yuendumu - Coll. Musée des Confluences, Lyon
« Phoenix Rising », David Ruben, Toronto, 2000 - Stéatite du Brésil, Coll. Musée des Confluences, Lyon
« Swimming renovated caribou », Matiusie Iyiaituk, 2001 - Coll. MHNL, Musée des Confluences, Lyon

The exhibition brings together 160 works by Aboriginal and Inuit artists including sculptures, paintings, photographs and videos. The works are linked to a number of common themes: «creativity and space», «authenticity, meeting, mixing», «myths and modernity». Artists’ portraits are on display throughout the exhibition, which ends in a room dedicated to a certain number of them.

Communities worlds apart

It would be hard to find two peoples who live further apart than Canada’s Inuits and the Aborigines of Australia. Literally situated at opposite ends of the globe, the lands they inhabit have hugely different climates, landscapes and native animal species.

Yet the experiences of both cultures when they met with Europeans bear a number of similarities. 

… Common challenges …

The recent history of the Inuit and Aborigines saw both peoples recognised as autonomous in the second half of the 20th century. The circumstances surrounding this confrontation with modern civilisation resulted in the emergence of a strong feeling of cultural identity in both communities. It became important to preserve their own culture and traditions while at the same time taking part in international cultural and economic exchanges.

Exhibition realized by the EPCC Chemins du patrimoine en Finistère in coproduction with the Musée des Confluences – Département du Rhône.

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