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October 14, 2012

Addison draws attention to Innu exhibit with large banners


Featuring about 100 objects — including historic photographs, archival film footage and the 1969 photographs by Ewald and her Innu students, “Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana” documents the artists’ and community’s efforts to use photography and video to revitalize Innu culture after forty years of friction and change.

“They are really expressive of where they were at that time,” Kemmerer said. “She told the children to take pictures of their community and families.”

Later, the artists worked with the entire community to create a series of large-scale banners based on the 1969 and 2007 photographs and installed them throughout their community, inspriing the banners to be installed for the exhibit.

This week, five members of the Innu community, along with artists Ewald and Gottesman, are at Phillips Academy to meet with classes and participate in a series of evening programs, including film screenings and readings.

The Addison Gallery of American Art, 180 Main St., is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. Admission to all exhibitions and events is free.

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