Interview with Michaëlle Sergile

Publication Date
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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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