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Eleven huge concrete triangles connected with a copper pipe are featured in a work created by Caroline Monnet specifically for the Insurgence/Resurgence exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  It is called Shield. The concrete shapes represent various generations of indigenous people and the copper pipe illustrates how those generations are held together. All the generations past, present and future connected to each other creates cultural strength and solidarity. 

shield caroline monnetCaroline Monnet the artist who is responsible for Shield lives in Montreal.  Her father is French and her mother is Algonquin so Caroline grew up both in France and Canada. Caroline is a filmaker and visual artist who studied in Ottawa and Spain. You can see other examples of her work on her website. 

Although Caroline created Shield to represent the indigenous community I think it could represent any family.  Various generations past, present and future are connected and together they form a protective shield of love and belonging that gives individual family members strength and a sense of identity. 

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