A Thread That Never Breaks

A virtual exhibition produced by IFWTO & AbTeC
January 28, 2021
—April 29, 2021
AbTeC Gallery

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A Thread That Never Breaks

Artist Meghann O’Brien has described her woven textiles and baskets as threads that connect to ancestral knowledge. Visualizing the strong connections between generations as the literal threads in garments inspired A Thread That Never Breaks, an art exhibition that brings together artworks by seven Indigenous artists, Angel Aubichon, Joi T. Arcand, Leanna Marshall, Caroline Monnet, Meghann O’Brien, Olivia Whetung and the Pacific Sisters. Originally scheduled to open Spring 2020, the exhibition had to adapt with the dramatic change to our lived realities. Transmediation is the term for bringing an artwork from one medium to another. In A Thread That Never Breaks, the works have been transmediated from physical threads into pixels, polygons and lines of code that you can experience through your avatar. As it was for our ancestors before us, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression become tools of resilience and survival.


Angel Aubichon is a Cree-Metis Designer and Co-founder of Indi City. She was born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan and is part of the Peepeekisis Cree Nation.
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais who lives and works in Montreal. Her work has been shown in Canada and internationally in Europe and the United States.
Jaad Kuujus (Meghann O’Brien) is a weaver descended from the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw tribes of coastal British Columbia.
Leanna Marshall is of Anishinaabe and English descent. She was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she continues to live. She is a band member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and is the mother of two
Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario.
Olivia Whetung is anishinaabekwe and a member of Curve Lake First Nation. She completed her BFA with a minor in anishinaabemowin at Algoma University, and has an MFA from the University of BC
The Pacific Sisters is a collective of Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists, performers, and musicians that electrified 1990s Auckland, New Zealand.
A Thread That Never Breaks

Curated by

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.
Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné woman based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Her ethos centres family, sovereignty and resistance for balance.

Co-Produced by AbTec

Skawennati, Partnership Coordinator
Nancy Townsend, Producer
Anastasia Erickson, Research Assistant
Maize Longboat, Research Associate
Unna Regino, Research Assistant
Kahentawaks Tiewishaw, Research Assistant

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge funding support for this exhibition received by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.