A Thread That Never Breaks

Coming 2021
Exhibition
Ab Tec Island

Artists rebuild physical threads into pixels for a virtual exhibition that will open on Ab Tec Island in Second Life early 2021.

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, Joi Arcand, Angel Aubichon, Leanna Marshall, Caroline Monnet, Meghann O’Brien, Pacific Sisters and Olivia Whetung. Originally scheduled to open Spring 2020, the exhibition must adapt with the dramatic change to our lived realities. As for our ancestors before us, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression become tools of resilience and survival. This group of artists rebuild physical threads into pixels for a virtual exhibition that will open early 2021.

Artists

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.
Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario.
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
Jaad Kuujus (Meghann O’Brien) is a weaver descended from the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw tribes of coastal British Columbia.
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.
Imagining threads as the strong connections between generations brings to mind textiles and garments that connect to family and other relations.

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.