Montreal, October 31st, 2017 — On November 16th, OBORO and LA SERRE — arts vivants invites the public to discover Caroline Monnet’s installation at the Parc “sans nom” in the framework of POSSIBLES, a project part of the official programming of the celebrations for the 375th Anniversary of Montreal.
The installation Forbidden to Swim puts on stage the situation of poor water quality in Canadian Indigenous communities. In a country as industrialized and developed as ours, more than 150 First Nations communities still don’t have access to drinking water, which is essentially a violation of human rights.
Installed in a public space, the installation Forbidden to Swim consists of stacked blocks of ice in which clothes are embedded and gradually appear as the ice melts under a set of lights used in cinema. Using video, sculpture and sound, the artist moves away from a conventional approach in the media in order to comment on the severe lack of constructive actions being taken to improve the health of First Nations people and therefore encourage voicing of opinions.
Forbidden to Swim critiques the extent of colonial power over the reality of Indigenous communities. For the duration of the event, bottled water will be sold at the current price offered in these communities, which is double or triple the price found in cities. The proceeds will go to an organization that fights for Indigenous communities’ rights.
|Thursday, November 16, 6 pm
Parc “sans nom”
(At the corner of Clark and de l’Arcade)
Caroline Monnet (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec currently based in Montreal. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Monnet is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her films have been shown at numerous festivals around the world, including TIFF, Sundance, Berlinale and Cannes.She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Drama for Roberta and won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. She is currently developping her first feature film selected by the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation residency in Paris. As a visual artist, she has exhibited her work at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), as part of Rencontres Internationales. Her work was also presented at Axenéo7 (Gatineau), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), the National Gallery of Canada, Arsenal (Montreal and New York), the McCord Museum, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
This coming December 8, POSSIBLES will be taking over the Grande Bibliothèque at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, indoors and outside! Over the course of the evening, you can experience the 11 first events once again and inaugurate an immersive installation that takes visitors on a riveting journey through the imagination and memory of the library.
This major celebration will also mark the unveiling of the POSSIBLES Manifesto, a synthesis of shared explorations cultivated during an entire year of productions presented as part of Montréal’s 375th celebrations.
Stage director: Philippe Cyr
For more information: possibles.ca
POSSIBLES merges art and civic engagement in the perspective of sustainable community development. Once a month throughout the year 2017, POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from various art disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partnerships in 12 unusual Montreal venues.
The objective: Provide a platform to up-and-coming artists by inviting them to create new POSSIBLES exploring 12 local issues that arose from discussions with the community.
The year 2017 will impart a manifesto and a methodology to cities from across the globe enabling them to adopt and contribute to the project. An in-depth reflection about the future, an invitation to participate in the creation of a better tomorrow. For more information: possibles.ca
Founded with the conviction that living transcultural artistic experiences contribute to the betterment of humankind, OBORO is an artist centre that favours the development of art practices locally, nationally and internationally. OBORO’s sphere of activity encompasses visual and media arts, performing arts, new technologies and emerging practices. OBORO’s more specific mandate is to support creation in various cultural practices; to encourage innovation, experimentation, the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge. OBORO’s objective is to promote awareness and dialogue within the art world and society at large and to contribute to a culture of peace. Oboro.net
LA SERRE is a decisive incubator to improve the conditions under which emerging artists in the performing arts carry out their work. It positions itself as a collaboration agent between artists, various partners and the community. Artistically, LA SERRE promotes works and approaches that forge transparent links between the arts, nature and society and which foster encounters between the various disciplinary and sectorial sectors. For more information: laserre.ca
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize celebrations and socioeconomic contributions to mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Quebec government, the Canadian government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com.
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LA SERRE – arts vivants would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts
for its generous support of the POSSIBLES project.
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