An inaugural exhibition launching in Kahnawake this fall seeks to bring the Onkwehón:we artist community together.
Organized by the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KOR), Iontkahthóhtha will be promoting artwork in all mediums during its three-week show set to debut on October 1.
“We’re really hoping that the show includes a big mix of arts,” said Scott Berwick, photo archivist at KOR and one of the lead organizers. “Whether it’s painting, photography, sketchwork, graphic or digital art, beadwork, or all these other different mediums.”
With just over a month before the exhibition, KOR is still accepting submissions until September 1.
While the show was originally only looking for artists in Kahnawake, Kanesatake, Akwesasne and Tyendinaga, Berwick said this criteria quickly evolved.
“We have been receiving requests from communities outside of those four we listed,” he explained. “We even had some people as far as Wisconsin contact us to ask if they could submit work.”
The photo archivist expressed that with this being the first edition of Iontkahthóhtha, the KOR team was enthused to unite Indigenous artists from near and far.
“This is a way for us to bring the artistic community together, all in one place,” he said. “Hopefully that can also generate a collective where we can all better support one another.”
With the preemptive opening date in mind, protocols regarding public gatherings remain uncertain as cases continue to surge across the province.
If all goes as intended, art enthusiasts will be able to attend the exhibition at The Riverside Inn – a historical landmark in Kahnawake.
“This show was initially a way to find out what kind of artistic community there is within Kahnawake, but then we thought why limit it to here when instead we could have a bunch of artists from all these communities working together,” concluded Berwick.
Laurence Brisson Dubreuil, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door