The opening of the exhibition “The movements” in Engram, the visitors were invited to discover the works hidden beneath the sand and the salt.
On December 8, 2019-4: 00 am
Gabrielle Bélanger: echoes of the islands-friable
The human encounters, such as travel, are often dives into the unknown. Gabrielle Bélanger has made it the cornerstone of his creative process. After going to the meeting homeless people and sex workers, the artist has created with the Madelinots, who told him of their anchor points on a territory that is crumbling.
With his cart mobile, the young woman is part of the adventure this summer for six weeks shared between Havre-Aubert, Wide-Input and Cap-Aux-Meules. Its point of departure, in his meetings with the people, was a double question : “Why one decides to put down roots somewhere and the reason why we decided to go to a place?” On an archipelago where there are many tourists and many have to leave to study or work, this question elicited many comments on the territory and the elements of nature.
“These are elements with which I don’t work usually, but it was really this that arose in the meetings. People spoke to me of a sunset on a cliff and the wind of the islands,” says Gabrielle Bélanger. To document these anchor points emotional later, the artist went to collect artifacts that have become frames and performance, which have data of the photographs.
Gabrielle Belanger at her residence in the Islands of the Madeleine
Once in the exhibition space, she has continued to include people in his works. Visitors are invited to sand, using grades of sand paper which are printed silkscreen paintings, the work of The erosion of my person. On cedar shingles, a print made from a photograph of the artist in contemplating the landscape has been covered with layers of ink and varnish. The action of the visitors gave him a fragile aspect of a palimpsest.
“The movements” at Engram
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At the opening, the public was also invited to reveal the works on the ground, hidden by small continents of sand and salt. Small objects, including flakes of plastic left by the blue slippers that we are asked to put at the entrance, punch in this range miniature. A soundtrack, where we hear the sound of squealing of feet that sink into the sand of the islands, adds to the experience.
The movements is on show until 20 December at Engramme, 510, côte d’abraham, Québec.