Journées de la culture 2020 – A Common Imagination Workshop (POSTPONED)

Free admission
Date and time
Saturday, September 26, 2020 to Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 1 PM to 5 PM

Workshop offered on Saturdays:
September 26, 2020, from 1 PM to 5 PM
October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020, from 1 PM to 5 PM
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Activity Duration: 1 hour

It is often difficult to establish the origin of the songs we learned when we were children. How did they come down to us, and what do they say about us? These questions are central to the creative workshop A Common Imagination, presented in conjunction with the exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora & Painting. For this workshop, our Education room will host an installation by Montreal artist Michaëlle Sergile

First, we invite you to participate in establishing a library of nursery rhymes by writing down the lyrics of a song and handing them over to us. These songs will become the principal material of the workshop. Using a technique for making paper thread commonly known as shifu, the sheets of paper on which the nursery rhymes are written will be cut up to make paper threads, introducing members of the public to this way of transforming paper fibre and helping them understand the fundamentals of weaving. 

The thread produced in the workshop will then be used to complete Michaëlle Sergile’s installation, which she will alter occasionally. By giving materiality back to a series of texts largely transmitted orally, and by making possible an infinite series of meshings, A Common Imagination will invite us to reconsider the ways in which nursery rhymes inform our individual and collective identity.

Photos: Daniel Fiset

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Michaëlle Sergile is an artist and independent curator. Currently, she is pursuing an M.A. in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University. Employing principally texts and books of the post-colonial period (from 1950 to the present day), Michaëlle Sergile’s work sets out to understand and rewrite the history of black communities, and more precisely that of women, through weaving. She uses the lexicon of weaving, a medium often seen as artisanal and categorized as feminine, to think about the relations of domination based on gender and ethnicity.

Michaëlle Sergile’s work has been exhibited at the ArtHelix gallery in New York and at the Miami Art Fair, in addition to its inclusion in various group exhibitions in Montreal at venues including Place des Arts, the Art Mûr gallery and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. She has also received several awards and grants in the course of her studies. She is currently project manager and curator for the platform Nigra luventa, where she served as co-curator of the first exhibition created by and for black women in Quebec, which brought together the work of several artists from Quebec and beyond its borders. In February 2020, she was co-curator of Je sais pourquoi chante l’oiseau en cage, a three-part exhibition inspired by the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by the American author Maya Angelou.

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