« On est toujours le folklore de quelqu'un d'autre » Michel Tremblay
"Canadians are history's couch potatoes" Mordecai Richler
Notre histoire || Our History Mixed-media installation, 2014.
Exhibitions views, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal, 2014.
Photos: Louis-Phillipe Cote.
Notre histoire || Our History is a pair of mock national
museums with a
single (emergency) exit. Each museum is dedicated to the presentation
of respectively Canadian and Quebecois history and culture, and
facetiously addresses how museums consciously or unwittingly reinforce
national beliefs and behaviours. The museums offer an alternative,
whimsical and tongue-in-cheek understanding of the two conflicted
national narratives. Both museums
mirror each other without being literally symmetrical - the Canadian
pristine and slightly lacking in content, while the Quebec one looks
like a talkative - yet unfinished - dusty museum filled with too many
artefacts and narratives.
A publication documenting the survey that initiated the project accompanies the exhibition.