Emilie Monnet

VIVA! Art Action
August 28

Part Anishnaabe and French, interdisciplinary artist Emilie Monnet founded ONISHKA in 2011 to herald performance-based work created from unique collaborations between artists of different cultures and disciplines. Her work experiments and creates from a place where languages, imagination and memory intersect; telling stories with theatre and media art forms that weave together the symbolic realms of dreams and mythology – both personal and collective.

Under the guidance of Marie Brassard, Monnet created, co-directed, and performed Bird Messengers, which was presented in Vancouver and Montreal and awarded the LOJIQ prize for best Art/Culture project of 2011. In 2012, Monnet directed the musical and theatrical performance Songs of Mourning, Songs of Life, in collaboration with the Aboriginal women’s drum group Odaya and the Rwandan music ensemble, Komezinganzo, to reflect on the individual and collective imprints of genocide. Her artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America, as well as community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal youth.

In addition to graduating from Ondinnok’s First Nations Theatre training program (a partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada) in 2007, Monnet has also studied media arts, and holds an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from Deusto University, Spain and Uppsala University, Sweden.