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Proposal for the Hart House Centennial Commission: Hannah Claus

Hannah Claus
toiles, 2014
Parc Belle Riviere, Mirabel, QC

For its centennial celebrations in 2019, Hart House commissioned a major, permanent artwork by an Indigenous artist to transform its historic Great Hall. One step towards redressing settler colonial narratives, this permanent commission seeks to acknowledge the history, narratives and people who came before us, honour the land upon which we live and work today, and imagine other possible futures for current and future generations from an Indigenous perspective.

Learn more about Re-Imagining Place: Hart House Centennial Art Commission.

About the Artist
Hannah Claus is a visual artist of English and Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) ancestry, and a member of the Tyendinaga – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Claus’s practice interpolates concepts of memory, space, time, and relationship through an Indigenous worldview. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1997 and received her Master of Fine Art from Concordia University in 2004. Recent group exhibitions include MAWA’s Resilience Project (2018), curated by Lee-Ann Martin, and INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE (2018), curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam at the Art Gallery of Winnipeg. Recent solo exhibitions include aceartinc., Winnipeg (2017); Articule, Montreal (2017); and Artspace, Peterborough (2018). Claus’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank and City of Montreal, among others. She is Vice-President of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and has recently joined the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.