Caroline Monnet’s visual and media arts demonstrate a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work grapples with colonialism’s impact, updating outdated systems with indigenous methodologies. Utilizing original and appropriated imagery, Monnet’s films integrate experimental and documentary techniques in concise poetic and politicized portraits of land and people.

The film Gephyrophobia, an English word for the phobia of bridges, is a film about movement, landscape, and the tension between two distinct identities whose common border is the Ottawa River. The Gatineau-Ottawa region if marked by the daily struggles between those two neighboring communities, whose cultural, political and linguistic traditions differ.

Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. Her work has been programmed internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), TIFF (CAN), Sundance (US), Aesthetica (UK), Palm Springs (US), Cannes Film Festival, Whitney Biennial (NY), Toronto Biennale of Art (CAN), Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), and the National Art Gallery (Ottawa), and is included in numerous collections including Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Gallery, RBC Royal Bank, Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal. Monnet is recipient of the 2021 Hopper Prize, 2020 Pierre-Ayot award, the 2020 Sobey Art Award, the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards, as well as grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and from le Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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