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La forêt noire
Anna Jane McIntyre (Montréal)

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Sept. 14 – Oct. 14, 2017
Vernissage: Sept. 14 – 5 pm

A glimpse in video
http://bit.ly/2wBr41a?

At the MAI (Montréal arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., # 103, Montréal
INFORMATION: 514 982-1812


In La forêt noire, McIntyre offers a multimedia installation examining memory and human nature through an abstract soundscape, shadowy printed forest and surreal hunter’s cabin. A forest of perceptions

Visitors will wander through a dusky, meditative environment brimming with incomplete tales, hints, secret messages, homages, symbolic crossroads and cultural musings. McIntyre’s work investigates how people perceive, create and maintain their notions of self through behaviour and usual cues, and is an ever-shifting visual mashup of British, Trinidadian and Canadian cultural traditions.


“I examine concepts of illusion and spectacle, the roles of the performer and observer, light and shadow, indications of power, the politics of silence and how to make something from nothing as ways of understanding how society actively maintains and defines cultural norms.”
—Anna Jane McIntyre


La forêt noire looks both to the distant past and present with a gaze flitting between the micro and macro. It is an installation full of shadows and nuances, where important plot points are often disguised as nonsense. La forêt noire is a liminal zone where the rules of conduct are fleeting and foggy.

Designed as a contemplative environment, La forêt noire is a space for visitors to quietly stimulate their imaginations as they explore a story filled universe containing both the familiar and the strange, friends and foes. Within this exhibition are portraits, inside jokes, the wind, ghosts, relatives, tropical birds, monks praying, mothers laughing, sons pouring tea, babies watching, copying and wriggling their fingers to understand, Caribbean sugar shacks, shim sham do-gooders, Devonshire gargoyles and Yorkshire walls. There are many clocks but none of them agree. Silenced voices crowd to tell their stories here.

Anna Jane McIntyre revisits her installation La forêt noire, first presented at the Maison de la culture in Gatineau in 2015. La forêt noire was made possible notably through McIntyre’s participation in the MAI mentorship program.


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Anna Jane McIntyre

Anna Jane McIntyre is an artist with a playful practice that combines storytelling, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, performance and micro-activism. Her work investigates how people perceive, create and maintain their notions of self through behaviour and usual cues, and is an ever-shifting visual mashup of British, Trinidadian and Canadian cultural traditions.


Guided Tour
Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 pm

In accompaniment to the vernissage, we will offer a guided tour by curator and researcher Dominique Fontaine.


Workshop Writing While Black in La forêt noire
Sunday, Sept. 24 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon where creative writing meets visual arts installation. Featuring the immersive and ambitious works of Anna Jane McIntyre, this event invites black folks interested in both literary and visual arts to gather for a casual writing workshop. Facilitated by writer, storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist Whitney French, this programming is a space for both ordinary and heroic blackness.

Free Admission – MAI Gallery

For registration:
http://bit.ly/2wXS9ev


La forêt noire Anna Jane McIntyre
Sept. 14 – Oct. 14, 2017

Opening: Sept. 14 – 5 pm


Photo credit:
Timothy I. Smith


Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12AM – 6PM
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., Montreal

www.m-a-i.qc.ca
http://www.m-a-i.qc.ca/en/index.php?id=571
http://bit.ly/2xgCS6a
http://annajmcintyre.com/home.html

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For images and more information, contact:
Christine Roy, 514-982-1812, ext. 227, comm@m-a-i.qc.ca


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