© Groupe Épopée, Sheri Pranteau: Undisappeared, 2018
Sheri Pranteau: Undisappeared
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Curator: Karine Boulanger
Vidéographe and the Musée d’art de Joliette are pleased to collaborate for a second time and to present the three-channels video installation by Groupe Épopée
The installation Sheri Pranteau: Undisappeared presents the story of Sheri Pranteau. In Winnipeg in 1999, Pranteau, a Cree-Anishinaabe woman from Manitoba, was sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter and armed robbery. In 2015, out on conditional release, she participated in a panel discussion on indigenous women in the Canadian penal system, organized by McGill University for its law school’s moot court.
The installation restores Sheri Pranteau’s voice while highlighting the power structures that command our gaze, built into the very architecture of the courtroom.
Épopée is a cinema action group based in Montreal, which carries out projects addressing present-day situations. The group disseminates its work through public talks and discussions, web distribution and art gallery installations. Since 2005, Épopée has focused on persons subjected to exclusion by the State and violence by its police. The group has created film projects in collaboration with sex workers and drug users, students and militants during and after the 2012 Québec Student Strike, and lately with a group of Yanomami in the Brazilian Amazon. Épopée’s films were presented in different places and contexts, notably, the Dazibao gallery (Montreal, CA, 2012), at the Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal, CA, 2012), the documentary festival Visions du réel (Nyon, CH, 2013), Interference Archive (New York, US, 2013), Manif d’Art 7 (Quebec, CA, 2014) and FOFA Gallery – Encuentro (Montreal, CA, 2014). Épopée has also presented its work in numerous universities as well as in various political groups in Europe, the United States, Canada and Quebec. groupeepopee.net