«Farandole» is a multidisciplinary creation project on Metis culture initiated by the Alliance Française du Manitoba, in partnership with la Maison des artistes visuels francophones and Plug In ICA. This project includes a contemporary visual art component, a textile art component which explores the expression of traditional culture, and a multimedia component, and involves three artists: Colette Balcaen (MB), Pascal Jaouen (FR) and Sarah Houle (AB).

The exhibition’s title refers to a traditional French dance involving a chain formed as dancers hold hands, moving along in the leader’s path. It consists of a textile installation by Colette Balcaen and four Metis culture-inspired beaded articles of clothing by Pascal Jaouen.

The relationship between Balcaen, Jaouen, and Houle through their participation in the Farandole exhibition creates a link among them while also highlighting the larger historical relationship that continues to exist between Metis and French cultures. The result is a modern meditation on the sometimes cyclical relationship of collaboration, appropriation, and inspiration in contemporary artistic production surrounding Metis culture.

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