Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun (2019)

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Featuring texts by Robert Houle, Sandra Dyck and Paul Hess

96 pages, illustrated, hard cover

$25.00

Co-published with the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba

Pahgedenaun brings together many of the 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. It is produced in conjunction with two solo exhibitions of Houle’s work: enuhmo andúyaun (the road home) at School of Art Gallery (2012) and Pahgedenaun at CUAG (2018). 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.