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Amanda Strong: Bidabaaban & How to Steal a Canoe

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) is Amanda Strong’s latest stop-motion animation film, in which colonial ideas of ownership clash with ancestral practices of making syrup, as Biidaaban collaborates with ghost animals and Sabe, a 10,000 year-old shape shifter.

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.


Remai Modern

Biidaaban is shown alongside How To Steal A Canoe, a haunting film that centres around restoring a birch bark canoe to its place on the water from a dark and frightening museum, acknowledging the life and desire of objects. The scripts for both films are adapted from the works of Nishnaabeg author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

Amanda Strong, Bidabaaban, installation view, Remai Modern, 2018. Photo: Blaine Campbell


Amanda Strong is an award-winning Michif filmmaker, media and stop-motion artist based in Vancouver. Strong’s work is comprised of meticulously hand-crafted sets and evocative narratives that claim space for Indigenous knowledge with tenderness and searing clarity. These are the first works by Amanda Strong in Remai Modern’s collection.

Curatorial Team

Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections)