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Exhibitions

VIDÉOTANK #15: Caroline Monnet
From January 19 to March 11, 2017

The video art series Videotank shows the work of renowned Canadian and international artists in a dedicated space inside the Foreman Art Gallery.

 

Artist: Caroline Monnet

Opening reception: Thursday, January 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Mobilize

"I wanted to speak about a people moving forward, a people that mobilizes itself and is far from being stagnant. We are contemporary, culturally rooted and constantly on the move. I thought it was interesting to use old footage to speak about the future, to express an idea of contemporaneity while still honouring the past"

–C.M.

Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Over every landscape, in all conditions, everyday life flows with strength, skill and extreme competence. Hands swiftly thread sinew through snowshoes. Axes expertly peel birch bark to make a canoe. A master paddler navigates icy white waters. In the city, Mohawk ironworkers stroll across steel girders, almost touching the sky, and a young woman asserts her place among the towers. The fearless polar punk rhythms of Tanya Tagaq’s Uja underscore the perpetual negotiation between the modern and traditional by a people always moving forward.

Mobilize is part of Souvenir, a four-film series commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to address Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives.

Single-channel video
3:00 minutes
2015   

 

Demi Monde

"I created a film that can speak of tricksters and deeper inside worlds. I feel like sometimes we have an entire universe inside of us, filled with memories, emotions and reflections"

–C.M.

A distinct world—which is often an isolated part of a larger world—is viscerally envisioned in this uniquely hand-processed film. Commissioned by the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, in collaboration with the Independent Imaging Retreat (“Film Farm”).

Single-channel video
3:30 minutes
2013

 

Artist's Biography:

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Quebec, currently living in Montreal. She works in film, video, installation, and silkscreen printing. Monnet’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally, including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen (Berlin) for the Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin/Madrid), TIFF (CA), Sundance (US), Aesthetica (UK), Cannes Film Festival (not short on talent), McCord Museum (Montréal), Arsenal (Montréal) and Museum of Contemporary Arts (Montréal). Her most recent solo exhibition Standing in the Shadow of the Obvious was recently presented at Axenéo7 (Gatineau). Monnet is currently working on numerous projects, including the development of her first feature Bootlegger, selected for the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation residency in Paris. She is also a member of the Indigenous collective ITWÉ.

 

Press release

Exhibition brochure: (will be posted shortly)