Accompanying the eponymous exhibition project by Sophie Bélair Clément and Marie Claire Forté, this catalogue continues a polyvocal inquiry into the idea of being called upon and tasked with giving an account of oneself.
Prompted by an invitation from Michèle Thériault, Sophie Bélair Clément and Marie Claire Forté question the impulse to move within the local context of the exhibition and beyond. Together, they work on the idea of being called upon, as well as the shifts and rifts in subjectivity produced by performance imperatives. They consider visibility and its limitations within an exhibition project and a publication that engage a constellation of voices, works and events through the contribution of guests.
This project offers responses that would manifest differently were they to be presented elsewhere, were they to have a different address or context. Embracing a process of dialogue between a reduced community of peers and friends, the works are articulated through lived experience. The task of giving an account of oneself calls for unending reframing and updating.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, from November 2 to December 16, 2016.
Marie Claire Forté is a choreographer, dancer, translator and researcher.
Sophie Bélair Clément (born 1978 in Ottawa, lives and works in Montreal) is a Canadian visual artist and video artist, and a professor of visual arts at the École multidisciplinaire de l'image in Quebec.
Edited by Sophie Bélair Clément and Marie Claire Forté.
Texts by Sophie Bélair Clément, Vincent Bonin, Marie Claire Forté, K8 Hardy, Elisabeth Subrin, Catherine Lalonde, Krista Geneviève Lynes, Isabelle Pauwels, Jason Simon, Robin Simpson, Michèle Thériault.