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Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery presents:

Memorial for a Stranger
Andréanne Godin
York Corridor Vitrines

Anima
Ana Mendieta | Caro Caron | Karilee Fuglem | Philomène Longpré | Elena Willis | Jason Sanchez | Christine Redfern, curator
Main Gallery

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Philomène Longpré: Xia, 2011 (photo credit Bruce Barbour)

Exhibition:
September 6 to October 7, 2011
Vernissage:
Thursday, September 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where:
FOFA Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
1515 Ste. Catherine Street W., EV 1.715
Montreal, Quebec (Metro Guy-Concordia)

Gallery hours:
Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost:
Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Information:
FOFA Gallery website or 514-848-2424 ext. 7962

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Memorial for a Stranger

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Andréanne Godin's Derwent Anniversary Watercolour Box

Drawing on a recent body of work relating to loss and memory, Concordia MFA (Fibres) student Andréanne Godin will work in situ in the York Corridor vitrines with the intention of elaborating a memorial through the mutable natural landscape. Throughout the length of the glass corridor, Godin will use up the entire contents of a gifted Derwent Anniversary Watercolour Box in the creation of a landscape reminiscent of the areas surrounding her hometown. Both the materials and the landscape are loaded: the watercolours once belonged to a stranger, their original owner now deceased, and were handed to her with the responsibility of care and good use; her home region is now the location of several mining projects which have lead to the displacement of homes and the disappearance of certain areas. Interestingly, in order to spare the residents of the town from what Godin describes as the industrial turmoil of the mining, they plan to construct a "natural wall" around the area – a new/artificial landscape to contain the roar from the voidal depths within.

In the first phase of the project, Godin will spend between four to six hours daily in the vitrine developing a nostalgic landscape, determined to use every pencil from the long-idle watercolour set in the fulfillment of her duty to their unknown original owner and as a tribute to lingering traces of a stranger. Afterwards, as a meditation on the contingency of external phenomenon and the irreversible erasure of time, Godin will enact her own literal erasure of her piece, using water to alter and distort the landscape. This will result not in the outright disappearance of the image, but the loss of its original form and ultimately the creation of a new image. This transformation echoes the passage from one moment to the next and the alterations of time and memory reflected in the material world.

Anima

When researching the graphic novella on Ana Mendieta, Christine Redfern came across a little known fact. Ana Mendieta was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the 1970s. To raise awareness of her films and the resonance of her work in contemporary art practices, 'Anima' presents Selected Filmworks by Ana Mendieta, Twelve Mile Creek by Karilee Fuglem; Night Side of Nature by Elena Willis & Jason Sanchez; and Xia by Philomène Longpré, alongside the original drawings by Caro Caron from Who Is Ana Mendieta?

Who Is Ana Mendieta?

Who is Ana Mendieta? by Christine Redfern & Caro Caron is published in English by the Feminist Press (NYC) and in French by Les Éditions du remue-ménage (Montréal). Internationally known writer, activist and curator Lucy R. Lippard, who was also a friend of Ana Mendieta, contributes the introductory essay. Publication available at the gallery.

The resulting exhibition using Mendieta's own words, is a collection of work "grounded on the primordial accumulations, the unconscious urges that animate the world".1

1. Ana Mendieta, project proposal for Bard College,1984. Ana Mendieta Papers.

Anima events:

Comic Book Launch: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 to 3:15 p.m., cocktail and launch of Who Is Ana Mendieta? with Christine Redfern and Caro Caron.
Artist talk: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Philomène Longpré, Karilee Fuglem and Elena Willis.

Please visit the FOFA Gallery website for additional information.

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