In conversation with Nicole Bachmann (CH), Michelle Lacombe (CA), Rebecca La Marre (CA), Bryan-K. Lamonde (CA), Maude Léonard-Contant (CA/CH), Anne-Marie Proulx (CA), Sarah Rose (UK) and Carl Trahan (CA)

For her exhibition at the Darling Foundry, Canadian artist Marie-Michelle Deschamps will present a project that stems from her ongoing conversation with the schizophrenic American writer Louis Wolfson, and his expressed desire and ultimate failure to "eradicate English" from his experience of the world by replacing it simultaneously with a mix of French, German, Hebrew and Russian. This exhibition originates from a conversation with artists and writers of Anglophone and Francophone origins, from Canada and abroad. The exhibition will become a space where participants’ voices are put side by side, not merged, creating a cross-linguistic dialogue and producing a new “language”. The overall project is based on ideas of shared authorship, knowledge as practice, inclusivity, and cross‐contaminating practices. With L*, Deschamps gives a spatial form to her current research, making concrete the idea of inhabiting language, something she first explored while writing her artist book The Twofold Room (2012).

Marie-Michelle Deschamps is also featured at Battat Contemporary in Montreal from April 7th to April 30th.


Saturday, April 9  at 1 pm (free, registration required)

My mother was an animal until I grew my second set of teeth

Workshop by Rebecca La Marre and Marie-Michelle Deschamps


Marie-Michelle Deschamps

Marie-Michelle Deschamps is based in Montreal, Canada, and holds an MFA in visual art from the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland). She has presented her work in solo exhibitions at the Darling Foundry (Montreal), Ausstellungraum Klingenthal (Basel), She BAM! (Leipzig), and and Galerie de l’UQO (Gatineau), as well as in group exhibitions at Arsenal Contemporary (New York), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal), Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Occidental Temporary (Paris), and MUDAM – The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg (Luxembourg City), among others. Deschamps’ work is part of the permanent collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Voorlinden Museum (Wassenaar), the Lafayette Foundation (Paris), the Glasgow School of the Arts Libraries (Glasgow), the Enamel Arts Foundation (Los Angeles), and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Montreal).