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Tours de bloc
Morgane Duchêne Ramsay (Montréal)

Vitrine Project from August 3 to September 3, 2018
Finissage Friday August 31, 5pm to 7pm

Tours de bloc (walks around the block) will take place in certain locations of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. A map installation in the front window of La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse will share the date and location of the actions. Research elements will be gradually added to document the ongoing progression of the fieldwork.

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Morgane Duchêne Ramsay will establish ephemeral encampments to inhabit so-called public space with gestures of the domestic. The places that will be occupied were chosen according to the symbolism that they incarnate as benchmarks or bearings for the artist: some are specific to her childhood lived in the neighbourhood, others are routes navigated to get to work over the course of the last few years. Morgane combines her experience of place with political issues with respect to transformations taking place in the neighbourhood ecosystem. To begin to deconstruct a social phenomenon like gentrification from an intimate point of view, she aims to surround herself with fellow citizens to generate dialogue about the impact of the growth of place on our daily lives. Together and through textile work, the groups will recreate contexts specific to women’s history in a humble effort to foster community along the way.
 

Morgane Duchêne Ramsay completed a BFA at Concordia University with a major in textiles and a minor in Art History. She works in social reintegration organizations as an artist and sewing teacher, focusing on manual know-how and creative expression. Her artistic practice and her professional work influence one another, with her art pieces born from this dichotomy between labour and art. Through her performative projects as in her teaching practice, she seeks to create environments that focus on the sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas.

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