"French Canadian Habitants Playing at Cards, after Cornelius Krieghoff (1848)" is a large scale tableau vivant HD video projection that recreates a work by 19th century painter Cornelius Krieghoff. This piece re-imagines Krieghoff’s lithograph, "French Canadian Habitants Playing at Cards" that depicts a family playing cards around a table. Krieghoff’s piece, which is in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada, fascinates me because it is a representation of early French Canadian life that mixes elements of documentary, allegory and humour. It also echoes the voyageur/settler/Métis iconography that I grew up learning about as part of my Franco-Manitoban heritage.
This event is sponsored by Evolution Presentation Technologies. For more information please go to www.evolutionav.ca .
This artwork is one of 12 recipients of the 2016 Illuminate the Night award. I would like to thank the Winnipeg Arts Council and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg for their financial support of my project. For more information about this event please go to http://nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca/ or the event page on the Culture Days website at https://culturedays.ca/en/2016-activities/view/57b0a86f-2828-49cd-b42c-05294c4a89be