© Mélanie O’bomsawin

 

LA VIDA ES UNE PINTA

(LIFE IS BUT A VISION)

2017
_

Inga writer Waira Nina invites Anishnaabe visual artist Glenna Matoush to collaborate with the children and community members of the Inga community of Yurayako, Colombia, and create the illustrations for Waira’s book La vida es una pinta (Life is But a Vision).

La vida es una pinta is a book of 11 short stories recalling Waira’s experiences accompanying her father, her mother and her grandparents in ceremony. The stories speak of coexistence with the territory, and pay homage to the Water beings, the jungle and the traditional ceremonies. They reactivate the historical memory of a whole community, and contribute to passing down teachings on how to live harmoniously.

In the winter of 2017, an artistic exchange took place at the Yachaikuri Educational Institute. During 18 days, Glenna Matoush, assisted by Patti Shaughnessy, Mélanie O’bomsawin and Émilie Monnet, guided the children and community members into making art. Together, they created paintings for each one of Waira’s stories, working on both paper and canvas, and explored new techniques, focusing on texture and incorporating beads into the paintings.

La vida es una pinta will be published in Spanish and Inga in the coming year. A travelling exhibit of the children’s paintings is also in the making.

Credits
A co-production between Onishka and the Yachaikuri Cultural and Educational Institute
Team
WRITER: Waira Nina Jacanamijoy Mutumbajoy
ILLUSTRATORS: Nelcy Méndez Jacanamijoy, Yolanda Jacanamijoy Mutumbajoy, Sandra Milena Marín, Natividad Mutumbajoy, María Belén Jacanamijoy, Flora Macas, María Villada, Santiago Arciniegas Méndez, Yanina Jacanamijoy Garcés, Karen Juliana Jacanamijoy Garcés, Lerlli Azucena Becerra Tisoy, Paola Disney Becerra Salazar, Felipe Méndez Jacanamejoy, Kevin Becerra Buesaquillo, Wili Becerra Buesaquillo, Farley Londoño Salazar, Jean Carlos Toro Salazar, Brayan Salazar Viuche and John Janes Salazar Viuche.
UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF Glenna Matoush
ELDER: Natividad Mutumbajoy
GLENNAS’S HELPERS: Patti Shaughnessy, Émilie Monnet
DOCUMENTATION: Mélanie O’bomsawin
Press
Text to come…
Représentations
Text to come…
Partners
This project is made possible thanks to the financial support from the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas.
Slide thumbnail
La Guacamaya, painting by Maria Belen Jacanamijoy Mutumbajoy
Slide thumbnail
Slide thumbnail
Slide thumbnail
Slide thumbnail
Slide thumbnail
©Mélanie O’bomsawin