Michaëlle Sergile

Working mainly with archives from the post-colonial period, from 1950 to the present day, Michaëlle Sergile uses weaving to understand and rewrite the history of black communities, and more specifically that of Afro-descendant women. Traditionally associated with craftsmanship and the feminine, the medium of weaving enables her to question relations of domination linked to gender and ethnicity.

While pursuing her year-long residency at Fonderie Darling, Michaëlle Sergile will pursue her work on her family archives. Having recently begun a series of works entitled Ombre Portrait, she reflects on the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next, creating weavings of black silhouettes resembling bottomless pits. Echoing the work of critic and historian Walter Benjamin, Sergile activates her silhouettes brimming with past experiences hidden beneath the surface, waiting to be excavated and explored.


Michaëlle Sergile is an independent artist and curator living and working in Montreal.   She has recently exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d'art de Joliette, and the Off Biennale in  Dakar. Her name was also on the long list for the prestigious Sobey Arts Award in 2022, and she won Visual Artist of the Year at the Gala Dynastie in 2023.

This residency is made possible by the generous support of sponsor and donor Ruby Thelot. 


Recent exhibitions


Rasanblaj, solo exhibition, Centre L’Imagier, Gatineau, CA

De nos archives se créeront nos histoires, solo exhibition, Centre Plein Sud, Longueuil, CA

Gesture : Body Movement in Political Discourses, solo exhibition, Maison des Arts de Laval, Laval, CA

A Woman, Woman, Woman’s Worldgroup show, Hausen Galerie, Brooklyn, US


Imaginaires Souverains, group exhibition, Maison Janine-Sutto & Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, CA

Habiter le monde : esquisse d’une rencontre, group exhibition, Off Biennale de Dakar, Dakar, SN

Dessiller : s’ouvrir au hors-champ, group exhibition, Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, CA

Les Énergies latentes. Paul-Émile Borduas au présent, group exhibition, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, CA