21 ⅜ x 27 ⅜ inch giclée print
Edition of 1
The Hochelaga Rock is a monument in Montreal that identifies and commemorates the potential site of the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga and Jacques Cartier’s discovery of it. In this image, the text-based shapes become like bullet holes or voids that interrupt the function of the monument and its plaque as a reminder of colonial trauma and to let the possibilities of other histories and narratives pass through.
Hannah Claus is a transdisciplinary artist of Kanien’kehá:ka / English heritage whose practice-based research engages with the idea of space shaped by language, material culture, and place as transversal living concepts. She employs Onkwehonwenéha [Indigenous methodology] to critique dominant colonial narratives. A 2019 Eiteljorg Fellow and 2020 Prix Giverny recipient, recent group exhibitions include Inaabiwin (touring exhibition with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa), Future Retrospectives (Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto) and Àbadakone (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). Claus’ installations belong to various public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Eiteljorg Museum, the North American Native Museum (Zurich, CH), the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the City of Montreal.