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Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun

Robert Houle, Sandra Dyck and Paul Hess

Carleton University Art Gallery / The School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba, 2019
hardcover 9 x 10.5 inches

Documenting two exhibitions (2012's enuhmo andúyaun or the road home, and 2018's Pahgedenaun), this publication features drawings and installations Saulteaux artist Robert Houle created about his childhood experiences at Sandy Bay Residential School, located in his home community of Sandy Bay First Nation on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. In these works, Houle addresses the traumas he experienced as a child while attending the residential school run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, an institution in operation from 1905 to 1970. Pahgedenaun is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind,” embodied in Houle’s profoundly powerful and unsettling art works, which embody acts of memory, truth-telling, survivance and healing. Original texts are accompanied by numerous colour plates, a biography of the artist, and a brief history of the Sandy Bay Residential School.

Robert Houle is an internationally-acclaimed Saulteaux artist and a member of Sandy Bay First Nation. He has exhibited extensively since the early 1980s and his work is represented in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Remai Modern, Canadian Museum of History, National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia).

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