Montreal, January 31, 2022 - Quartier Éphémère and the artist run centre Vaste et Vague announce the four laureates of the Cross Residency program between the Matapédia Station and the Fonderie Darling. The second iteration of these interregional residencies, the program aims to consolidate connections between the two regions and to respond to the growing demand of artists for creative spaces outside the metropolis.
In the spring of 2022 and winter of 2023, Karine LeBlanc (Grande-Rivière) and Christopher Varady-Szabo (Gaspé) will complete three-month creative residencies at Fonderie Darling, an art center at the crossroads of Old Montréal and Griffintown. Conversely, naakita feldman-kiss (Montreal) and Robin-Dimitrije Gosselin-Monasevic (Lévis) will complete three-month residencies at the Gare de Matapédia - Pôle artistique et communautaire, during the fall of 2022 and winter of 2023.
RESIDENCIES AT FONDERIE DARLING
Karine Leblanc creates puppets, scenographies and sculptural textile objects. During her residency at Fonderie Darling, she wishes to deepen the links between her practice and the visual arts, notably through the creation of objects with evocative powers and by organizing performative laboratories with an audience.
Inspired by elementary architectural structures, Christopher Varady-Szabo works primarily with organic materials, such as earth, straw and found branches, to create large-scale anthropomorphic sculptures rooted in reflections on climate change. At Fonderie Darling, he will work on a series of dioramas in order to create an imaginary bestiary universe symbolizing his concerns about the disappearance and interdependence of species.
RESIDENCIES AT THE MATAPEDIA TRAIN STATION
Through a textual approach to multimedia, naakita feldman-kiss is interested in the contemporary applications of oral history and intergenerational memory as forms of heritage and legacy. Through historical research (archives) and dialogues with various local communities, feldman-kiss wishes to create a video work on the changing landscapes of the Gaspésie region, using the figure of the ghost as a symbol of transformation and disappearance.
Robin-Dimitrije Gosselin-Monasevic is a multidisciplinary artist who questions the absurdity of our daily lives, our social pressures and the false paradigms in which our society evolves. During his residency, he wishes to develop an interactive and immersive installation in the form of a mobile cabin to be moved around the Matapedia train station, in which the public will be able to discover an intriguing, dizzying and reflective universe.
ABOUT QUARTIER ÉPHÉMÈRE
Founded in 1994, Quartier Éphémère is a non-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to support the creation, production and dissemination of works by emerging artists, offering production workshops, international artistic residencies and site-specific projects in addition to its exhibitions. The organization manages Fonderie Darling, a visual arts center located in the heart of Old Montreal
ABOUT VASTE ET VAGUE
The artist-run centre Vaste et Vague is dedicated to the dissemination and exploration of contemporary art in Gaspésie. Founded in 1990, it is an artist-run center (non-profit organization) and a recognized charitable organization. It offers a program of gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, as well as in situ events. The Centre has a gallery and a residence in Carleton-sur-mer and an office in Percé.
Quartier Éphémère and Vaste et Vague would like to thank the Municipality of Matapédia, VIA Rail Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the MRC Avignon, the Municipality of Matapédia and the Innergex and Boralex funds for their generous support.
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