Wednesday, March 8, 2017

new website!

As you can tell, this blog hasn't been updated for a while. I found it more practical to focus on a new website which I launched a couple of weeks ago. Please note this blog will be deactivated soon so that traffic can be directed to www.hannahclaus.net. There is an option on the new website to subscribe to a mailing list that will keep you updated on my current activities, if you wish to sign up for that.

Thank you! Merci! Nia:wen!

Monday, April 28, 2014


Art Mûr proudly presents the 2nd edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial in collaboration with Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire from May 3 to June 21, 2014
Opening reception on Saturday, May 3rd from 3pm to 5pm at Art Mûr located at 5826 St-Hubert in Montreal. And Sunday, May 4th from 2pm to 5pm at Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire.
Storytelling: Contemporary Native Art Biennal – 2nd edition

Sonny Assu (Montreal, QC), Scott Benesiinaabandan (Montreal, QC), Jordan Bennet (Newfoundland), Jaime Black (Winnipeg, MB), Julie Buffalohead (Saint-Paul, MN), Hannah Claus (Montreal, QC), Keesic Douglas (Toronto, ON), John Feodorov (Seattle, WA), David Garneau (Regina, SK), Leonard Getinthecar (Nicholas & Jerrod Galanin, Sitka, AK), Merritt Johnson (New York, NY), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Sante Fe, NM), Meryl McMaster (Toronto, ON), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Fairbanks, AK), Kent Monkman (Toronto, ON), Nadia Myre (Montreal, QC), Jude Norris (New York, USA), Luke Parnell (Vancouver, BC), Mike Patten (Montreal, QC), Wendy Red Star (Portland, OR), Tanis Maria S’eiltin (Bellingham, WA), Frank Shebageget (Ottawa, ON), Michael Anthony Simon (Seoul, Korea), Adrian Stimson (Saskatoon, SK), Anna Tsouhlarakis (Washington, DC), Amelia Winger- Bearskin (Brooklyn, NY).

Guest curator: Mike Patten

The second edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial – the only biennial exclusively dedicated to contemporary native art – will be exploring the theme of Storytelling. Artists from all over North America have been invited to investigate the importance of storytelling in native cultures. The selection of works included in this year’s edition take roots in an ancestral mode of communication. However, the stories told in Storytelling are infused with something profoundly contemporary; they are told with voices aware of the present context. The selected artists are not offering an anachronistic experience, but rather invite the public to listen, to understand, to pay attention, so that their stories may become ours.
In the last few years, many native art events have occurred in various institutions. However, a biennial allows for the recurrence and the long-term support of contemporary native art productions. As a private commercial space, Art Mûr dares to redefine the frontiers that separate public institutions from private galleries. We believe in our educational mandate and our capacity to shed light on the amazing production of contemporary native artists. In fact, Patten intentionally included the work of many native artists who have not been included in some of the national exhibitions like Sakahàn and Beat Nation to make other voices resonate and present additional perspectives.
Art Mûr 5826 rue St-Hubert Montréal Qc H2S 2L7 514 933 0711 www.artmur.com 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Art souterrain 2014 - Enracinement

Place Ville Marie
Montreal, Québec
March 1 - 16 2014

question de temps suggests the inner worlds at play within an individual and how these are connected to larger external forces that make up our daily experiences. The oval shapes of the suspended structure form a nucleus that becomes progressively diffused on the threads. Each oval is has graphite scribbled on its surface. In part, the graphite relates to the earth, but also the idea inherent in the Kanien'kehá:ka teaching of the Good Twin and his brother the mischief-maker, in which the mark of the individual disrupts and balances the perfection of the other.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
21 Queen St
Kingston, Ontario
January 11 - February 22 2014

Inspired by the Haudenosaunee creation teaching of Sky Woman who fell from Sky World to land on the turtle's back, clouds suggest creation, creativity and community to me. Initially designed on a digital platform, the clouds reflect chaos or order, as the thousands of oval forms come together or break apart in ordered rows. The threads reflect the light, extending from ceiling to floor to highlight the connection between earth and sky. 

Some images of the work being installed:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

C'est notre histoire

Collection des Premières peuples du Québec
Exposition permanente, Musée de la civilisation
Québec, Québec

J'étais récipiendaire d'une bourse de création du Musée de la civilisation pour une oeuvre d'art contemporain. Je n'ai pas les images finales des salles montées, mais j'inclus ici quelques images de mon oeuvre, "l'envolée" en installation.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Territoires partagés / Shared Lands

 9 novembre - 15 décembre 2013
Centre d'artistes Vaste et vague, Carleton sur mer, Québec.

Group residency and exhibition with Visual artists Nadia Myre, Jordan Bennett, Sonia Robertson. Writers/Witnesses: Caroline Loncol-Daigneault, Guy Sioui Durand. Curated by France Trépanier.

During the 10 day residency I completed two new works for the exhibition: Ugstaqamuit - the Mi'kmac word for "to be born" and also for the Earth, which translates to "This is where we are from". As well, I created a collaborative piece through different workshops in which participants drew me a "map" of how they see their personal territory. I filmed the act of drawing and edited the clips together into a 18 minute floor-projected video. In the final version, layers of drawings merge and flow in and out of each other.

Ugstaqamuit: Nous venons d'ici/This is where we are from, 2013.
Porcupine quills.

Cartes mémoires / memory cards, 2013
Projected digital video.
Cartes mémoires / memory cards, 2013
Projected digital video.