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April 25 to July 6, 2019

Artists: TBA

Curators: Caroline Loncol-Daigneault & Adèle Turcot

Opening reception: April 25, 2019

Ranger/Déranger is a joint initiative between curator Caroline Loncol Daigneault and her five-year-old daughter Adèle Olive Turcot. Loncol Daigneault got the idea for the exhibition by observing her daughter organize domestic space at ages two, three and four. What piqued her interest was the child’s methodology: organizing objects based on a singular, highly considered system, then using spontaneous association to create complex narratives that reconfigured the space radically for an evening, after which the usual order of things would quietly resume. Daigneault saw this act of rearranging the real (which could extend to cover the entire surface area of a room) as not the beginning of a language, but rather as a complete language in and of itself, one governed largely by aesthetics. Not unlike the act of curating, as it happens, which can be described as a process of discovery, observation, selection, association, emphasis and communication.

In an attempt to sidestep the all-too-typically didactic formula of kids’ exhibitions, this project brings childhood right into the curation process, thus creating an exhibition for children that is also by children. To do so, Loncol Daigneault needed to develop strategies allowing children to intervene at various key stages and welcome children’s mechanics such as play. The joint-curation process also involves artists selected based on their desire and ability to apply a more childlike mindset to their work processes and stay open to both disruption and enlightenment. From concept through completion, by way of mounting the exhibition, Ranger|Déranger is marked by the agency of childhood.