Anna Binta Diallo
Errances à Verdun
Presentation of the artworkActing as a landmark both inside and outside the Verdun Auditorium and offering different experiences and points of view, Errances à Verdun occupies the entire main wall in the lobby of the new Espace Denis-Savard. The mural is made of collages evoking history and the sports, cultural, and social activities at the Verdun Auditorium. It is also inspired by the borough’s landscapes, folklore, population, and characteristics. A colourful and lively piece made of glass mosaic and steel silhouettes, the work highlights notable moments of past and present through a gallery of simplified archetypal figures that encourage dialogue and reflection on universal subjects such as identity, belonging, and community. Displayed in various places, the work is from the series Errances, which touches on the themes of migration, displacement, and personal mythologies.
Associated eventsErrances à Verdun was produced in the context of the major renovation of the Verdun Auditorium. To comply with the Gouvernement du Québec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics, the building had to include an artwork designed specifically for it.
Anna Binta Diallo
Anna Binta Diallo was born in Dakar, Senegal, and grew up in the Saint-Boniface neighbourhood of Winnipeg, where she currently lives. The themes of memory and nostalgia inspire her to produce art about identity. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Winnipeg, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Taipei, Berlin, and Finland. In 2021, she received the Barbara Spohr Memorial Award and the Black Designers of Canada Award of Excellence. In 2022, she was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. Her works are in a number of public and private collections.
Awards and honours
- Barbara Spohr Award,
- Black Designers of Canada Awards of Excellence,