Mégane Voghell, just online people, 2019
Mégane Voghell, as_told_to-1 | as_told_to-2, 2015
Mégane Voghell, As-tu mal ?, 2017
Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, "Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black", 2016-2017
Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, What do Stones Smell Like in the Forest?, 2018.
Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, "What do Stones Smell Like in the Forest?", 2018
RESEARCH RESIDENCY / RIO (BRAZIL)
Diagonale proposes a research residency at DESPINA RESIDENCY art center (Rio de Janeiro).
This initiative to support contemporary art creation is adressing professional artists living in Montreal. It is part of the mandate of Diagonale whose purpose is to promote international mobility of artists who use fiber -both in terms of material or concept- within one or more projects. During this residency, the artist is hosted in DESPINA RESIDENCY for a month-long period during which he can develop his research project. It also benefits from the support and expertise of the team present on the site as well as individual meeting with curator.
At the term of his residency, the artist hosts a public conference at DESPINA RESIDENCY and at Diagonale to present his research.
The place of residence :
DESPINA RESIDENCY is a contemporary art center located in Rio de Janeiro. It consists in workshops and a gallery space. The center also proposes a residency program.
► Call for submissions 2019: Closed
In the context of its international residency, Diagonale offers to Mégane Voghell a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Mégane Voghell is interested in the many ways the world can be experienced in the absence of a physical body. Through installation, (textual) correspondence, drawing, and video, herwork call into question the binaries of transcendence/immanence and real/virtual. Through devices—both tangible and intangible—Voghell utilizes a personal mythology pointing to an experience beyond the lived world, but drawn from a very real subject. Her work emerges from the desire to define the peculiarities of the elemental and phenomenological forces surrounding us in order to better manipulate and reinvent them.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Mégane Voghell's research project addresses fibers, or more precisely thread as matter and as aconceptual notion. Considering the undeniable importance of thread and textile as a tool forfeminist bonding throughout history, the idea is to highlight its relational potential in anapplied and reflexive way. More precisely, the project draws its sources from an onlinerelationship between two young women (myself Montreal, Canada and X , Limoeiro, Brazil)and attempts to seal its resolution by recovering traces of its unfolding in time.The conversation thread, just like the sewing thread have the potential to be strained, to bindelements and others, to hold together or to break. Both threads act as subtle binders but areactively creating an object or a larger subject that they hold together. In this context, piecesof clothing or a relationship between two individuals are the results of these threads whichcontains them through time and space. The story to be investigated at the Despina center isthat of the relationship mentioned above, but could also be that of a badly sewn and holeyvest, result of a lack of time and space.
Mégane Voghell's work has been featured in various screenings and exhibitions including harbinger (Eastern Bloc, 2015), at the FME in Rouyn-Noranda (Center l'Écart, 2015), solo show at LeLobe in Chicoutimi (2016), at the Paris Variation Fair (2017) and more recently at Calaboose Gallery in Pointe-Saint-Charles (2019) and Vicki gallery in Newburgh (2019). Her work has been included in publications such as Nut II, ETC MEDIA and Cigale. She also curated the Episode Laurier event in June 2018. She lives and works in Montreal.
Back from residency, Mégane Voghell present her research.
Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau
In the context of its international residency, Diagonale offers Yannick Desranleau and Chloë Lum a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada. Their work focuses on theatricality and the choreographic; in their performance work but also in their interest in staging tableaus and working with ephemeral materials that can be said to perform through re-deployment and decay. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body, and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and it’s effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Recently, the work of Yannick Desranleau and Chloë Lum has taken an autobiographical twist, dealing with chronic disease, and how it alters the materiality of the body and affects its communication with the external world. It is important for the artists to show the body in action, in order to illustrate the haptic discomforts and discoveries during a first contact between two bodies ; this is why performance and video have become two of their favourite mediums, in transition from their installation works. The project Desranleau and Lum would like to realize at Despina is a research for the creation of costumes and accessories, for a new series of performances. While continuing on the theme of chronic disease, they want to approach it from the transformation angle- a sensorial and physical phenomenon that the artists want to illustrate by the phenomenon of the « second skin ». Thus, they are interested in deepening their investigation on the elasticity of fabrics and their capacity to give the impression of transforming the body shape by these properties- until perhaps prolonging it.
Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau have exhibited widely, notably at the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Kunsthalle Wien; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Whitechapel Project Space, London; the University of Texas, Austin; the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. Their work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Décember 13, 6pm
Back from residency, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau will present their research and residency experience in Rio. It will also be an opportunity for Chloë Lum to read an unpublished text written there.
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offer Lorna Bauer a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Lorna Bauer is interested in researching and photographing the urban landscape of Rio and how this landscape intersects with the lush natural environment – including its famous rainforests and ecosystem. In particular she would like her research to focus on one of the most prominent landscape architects of Brazil, Roberto Burle Marx and his contemporaries. His philosophy closely aligns with that of Arthur Erickson and Cornelia Oberlander who have been the subjects of her past work. All of these visionaries used native plants and local natural materials, a continuity between built and natural spaces, a mindfulness of how one moves through space and an interest in reflection and reflective materials. In keeping with these past projects she wishes to examine subjects related to urban development and urban renewal, and ultimately ask questions around what we choose to build or destroy in our local environment (both natural and artificial) and how this might reflect our collective ideological and (unconscious) positions and ideas.
Lorna Bauer work mainly in photography, installation and most recently, glass and bronze. Her formal language and use of materials alludes to ideas developed through city planning, and urban theory. Her work focuses on specific examples of architecture, urban planning and psycho-geography within the 20th Century. Projects are generally characterized as site related, leading to a final result that has responded to a specific place and context. Interests are wide and range from topics such as the Paris city plan, in particular the arcades and the underground mushroom cultivation in the Parisian catacombs, Haussmannization, North American west coast utopian gardens from the nineteen sixties to Walter Benjamin’s letters to his lover, describing the Island of Ibiza, while in exile. All of her projects deal with spaces and how they shape individual perceptions and the correlation between the natural and the built environment.
Bauer was born in Toronto and lives and works in Montreal. She has recently presented her work at The Loon, Toronto; CK2 Gallery, New York; The Darling Foundry, Montreal; Model Projects, Vancouver; the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal among other places. Bauer has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including stays at The Couvent des Récollets, Paris; Quebec-New York Residency funded through the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec; The Banff Centre, Alberta and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; working with the artist Josiah McElheny. She operates the artist project space L’escalier (together with Jon Knowles and Vincent Bonin) in Montréal.
ARTIST TALK / LORNA BAUER
December 14, 6 pm
Back from residency, Lorna Bauer will present her research and residency experience at Rio in a public talk.
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offered Romeo Gongora a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Romeo Gongora considers himself a researcher, his purpose is not an art object, but a research project that materializes in a transdisciplinary form (installations, performance, collaboration, meeting, writing, etc..). This emphasis on the process/experience rather than the final product. His work use dialogue, empathy and trust as a production strategy. This procedure usually involves a period of research in which he collaborates closely with different communities. The result is a collaborative work that employs performative elements and radical pedagogy to promote socio-political and human awareness.
Romeo Gongora is a Canadian-Guatemalan visual artist. He collaborated, amongst others, with the Kin Art Studio (RDC), Centre Makan (Jordan), Platform Garanti (Turkey), Rencontres de Bamako (Mali), Center for Contemporary Art - Lagos (Nigeria), Centre of Art Torun (Poland), Festival Belluard (Switzerland), HISK (Belgium), The Office (Berlin) and Open School East (London). In 2007, he tooks up a two-year residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam). In 2009, he represented Canada as an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin) and at the Acme Studios (London) in 2016.
ARTIST TALK / ROMEO GONGORA
December 8, 6 pm
Back from residency, Romeo Gongora present his research and residency experience at Rio in a public talk.
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offered Karen Kraven a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Karen Kraven’s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions. Like a stage or film set that’s been frozen in time, these spaces confound and delight through the practiced strategies of a con artist. Kraven exploits the illusion and attraction found in such pursuits as sports, hunting, fishing and playing card games. These motifs take the guise of everyday items, handmade surrogates and decoys. Shifting and mutating, they collapse upon one another, mesmerizing us as they reappear enlarged, divided and flattened.
Kraven holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal) where she was the recipient of the Dale & Nick Tedeschi Fellowship. Recent solo exhibitions include Flip Flop, Front Punch at Mercer Union (Toronto), Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah at the Darling Foundry (Montreal), A Mucker and a Grinder at Parisian Laundry and As Above, So Below at Centre Clark (Montreal). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare (Montreal), Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery (Montreal) and Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga). She has participated in artist’s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy (Venice). From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist's Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry (Montreal).
PUBLIC TALK / KAREN KRAVEN
December 15, 6 pm
Back from residency, Karen Kraven present her research and residency experience at Rio in a public talk.
The residency is supported by Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal