KWE Performance: Speaking to Their Mother

KWE: Exhibition Closing & Performance


KWE performanceDetails: Developed in response to the so-called “Oka Crisis,” or the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) resistance of 1990, Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to their Mother (1991) is a sculpture and performance work by Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore, currently on display at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House in Belmore’s KWE exhibition. The sculpture – consisting of a giant megaphone made of birch bark and wood – was built to travel across Canada to sites where Indigenous land claims were being asserted. Belmore first performed with the work in a meadow in Banff National Park, where local people could speak into the megaphone and have their voices reverberating across the land.


Please join us for a renewed performance of Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to their Mother on Toronto Island. The bus leaves at 1pm from the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for the Hanlan’s Point Ferry, which departs from the Toronto Ferry Docks (at 9 Queens Quay West) every 30 minutes. First come first served for bus seating. You can also make your own way to the Ferry Docks and follow the red ribbons to the outdoor gathering site, located at Gibraltar Point. Please note: the Hanlan’s Point Ferry rate is $7.00 for Adults, $4.50 for Students/Seniors (under 19 with a valid student card and over 65).


When: Sat., Aug. 9, 1–6 pm
Where: Bus leaves at 1 pm from the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Performance Location: Toronto Island
Cost: Free

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