© Josée Brouillard
Anishnaabe/French interdisciplinary artist Emilie Monnet works with Inga sound artist and storyteller Waira Nina, from the Amazon in Colombia, to bring forth… At the intersection between performance and sound installation, the artistic development of NIGAMON/TUNAI integrates sound, voice, video, movement, theatre and light.
Emilie and Waira are inspired by their respective encounters as women from opposite territories, by their inherent knowledge of the snow and the humidity of the jungle, by their cultures and personal legacies, by the world of colors and their experiences in ceremony. Together they elaborate a body of work around the theme of the silenced song, as a response to violence against indigenous women and Mother Earth.
‘Nigamon’ and ‘tunai’ are words in Anishnabemowin and Inga for ‘song’. A full-length production is planned for 2016. Meanwhile, it our wish that the project become a continuum for many exchanges between indigenous communities of Canada and Colombia, and for artistic collaborations between Colombian and Canadian artists, in the hope of finding innovative ways to communicate and transform.