Games of Mirrors : Women’s Creation from One Generation to the Next

This exhibition highlights the genius of six women who share a precious heritage: creativity. Creativity seems to have been miraculously transmitted from mother to daughter, and has taken different forms of expression from one generation to the next. In her writings, Gabrielle Roy recalls and emphasizes the admiration she has for the great talents of her grandmother and her mother. Her grandmother’s ingenuity allowed her to create a doll from scratch for her granddaughter, dazzling her with her know-how. As for her mother, she knew how to tell stories and charm her speakers.

The Breton-Gaboury-Diallo family, on the other hand, sees the emergence of a new intergenerational female solidarity: the ceramist Claire Breton-Gaboury is the mother of the author Lise Gaboury-Diallo, herself the mother of the visual artist Anna Binta Diallo.

The art gallery of the Centre culturel franco-manitobain is pleased to present an exhibition of her work which captures, with its triptychs, some of the combinatory dynamics revealing the interaction between these women artists. The exhibition will also showcase some of Roy’s and Gaboury-Diallo’s writings that celebrate the inventiveness and originality of women in their lives.

Imagined and conceived by a mother-daughter duo, these “games of mirrors” offers works woven from words and images, where reflections and echoes call and answer each other in unexpected, yet sensitive exchanges. In these dynamic cycles of links, but also of intergenerational exchanges between women, inspiration and love are important transmission belts that encourage sharing.


Anna Binta Diallo

Anna Binta Diallo is a Canadian multidisciplinary visual artist who explores themes of memory and nostalgia to create unexpected works about identity. She was born in Dakar (Senegal, 1983) and raised in St. Boniface (Winnipeg/Treaty 1) on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the Métis Nation.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at La Maison des Artistes Francophones (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Art Gallery of Alberta, Towards (Toronto), Access Gallery (Vancouver), Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival, MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels), MOCA (Taipei), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), as well as Jyväskylä Art Museum and Keurru Museum in Finland. Anna Binta Diallo has received numerous grants and awards, including from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Francofonds. In 2019, Diallo’s work was selected as a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize and in 2021 received the Barbara Spohr Award offered by The Banff Centre, as well as the Black Designers of Canada Awards of Excellence. Her work is in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, Equity Bank, Scotiabank and private collections. She has a Master’s degree from the Transart Institute, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the University of Manitoba, School of Art, where she currently teaches.

Dates :

From April 26 to July 18, 2022


Ground floor of the CCFM, just past the entrance to Stella’s


Lise Gaboury-Diallo

Lise Gaboury-Diallo is a professor in the Department of French Language and Literature at the University of Saint-Boniface, where she has taught courses in literature and creative writing for several years. She has written a variety of texts, from literary criticism to essays, prose, poetry and theater, and has received numerous awards and distinctions over the years (2004: Winner of the CBC National Literary Competition, first prize, French poetry for Homestead; . 2009: Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault for L’endroit et l’envers; 2010: finalist for the Prix Émile-Ollivier for Lointaines; 2011: Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault for Lointaines; .2011: finalist for the Prix des Lecteurs de Radio-Canada for Lointaines and for Les Enfants de Tantale). She has published nine books of poetry, six with Éditions du Blé (Manitoba), one with Éditions de la Nouvelle Plume (Saskatchewan), one with Presses universitaires de Saint-Boniface and one in the Collection Poètes des cinq continents of Éditions de l’Harmattan (France). Her two collections of short stories, Lointaines nouvelles (2010) and Les enfants de Tantale (2011), as well as her most recent collection of poetry, petites déviations (2021), were all published by Éditions du Blé. She is currently working on a third collection of short stories and a play.