Aabijijiwan – It Flows Continuously
Karen Goulet and Monique Verdin,
Exhibit May 13 – August 17, 2022
Miikanan & Kaul Galleries
Thank you to Peter McKenzie of Garlic Brown Beats for compiling this promotional video
The companion exhibit, “Bimiwetigweyaa-Tchubuhatceh (The sound the River Makes Flowing Along-The Ripple and Roar of a Flowing Stream) is on display at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis through August 21, 2022. Visit their exhibit guide →.
This exhibit is part of a collaboration called the “Big River Continuum”.
Watch for associated activities and announcements (#BigRiverContinuum on Instagram and Facebook):
- May 4 at the Weisman: Open House and Panel: “River Sense Conversations” at the Weisman Art Museum →
- Watch “My Louisiana Love” → with Monique Verdin. Streaming free on the WORLD Channel through May 14
- May 15 at Watermark: Artist Reception & Conversation 2 – 4pm
The Misi Ziibi (Mississippi River) introduced us and encouraged our relationship to be immersed in the sacred systems of the watershed and the magic of the riparian zones, found up and downstream. Aabijijiwan (It Flows Continuously) is a reflection of our journey together over the past two and a half years; illuminating diversities, connecting personal memories and curiosities and witnessing how the layers of indigenous and colonial histories are the foundations anchoring the consequences of our current conditions.
Thanks to the Big River Continuum, an exchange between the headwaters and the delta supported by the University of Minnesota Itasca Biological Field Station, the Watermark Art Center, the Wiesman Art Museum and Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods, our spirits had the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the Mississippi’s tributaries and distributaries, to learn from each other, to weave together stories of the water, to experience the seasons, to be in ceremony and to recognize the skies that support and inspire our interdependent networks.
We have grown as individuals and our personal circles have expanded through creative processes, cultural connections and the generosity of individuals who opened their doors to share laughter, insights, knowledge and ways of knowing. Aabijijiwan is a mirror reflecting realizations, conversations and contemplations found during our time together, sharing stories of women and other individuals from our lives and from our territories, and an offering of love for our Misi Ziibi and the land and waters we call home.
Big River Continuum Collaborating Organizations
The Artists : Karen Goulet
Karen E. Goulet is a multimedia artist often working with textiles and written word. She is a White Earth Ojibwe Band member and is also from Metis and Sami/Finn people. Her work is informed by her experiences, the people she is from and places she loves. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 25 years. She is the Program Director for the Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark working as a community change maker through her creative practices.
The Artists : Monique Verdin
Monique Verdin is a multidisciplinary artist responding to the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate, and change along the Gulf South. Her indigenous Houma relatives and their life-ways have been the primary focus of her storytelling practice. Monique is the director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, a part of the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative, co-producer/subject of the documentary My Louisiana Love and co-author of Return to Yakni Chitto; Houma Migrations.
“My Louisiana Love” is currently streaming on the WORLD Channel through May 14, 2022. No subscription necessary.
Monique Verdin and her film “My Louisiana Love” were featured during Watermark Art Center’s 2019 Closing Reception for “Nibikaang”. Read more about her film and her involvement with the Big River Continuum, HERE →