Like ships in the night

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Image courtesy Sébastien Aubin, 2017. 

An Exhibition by Caroline Monnet 
January 26 - May 6, 2018

Curated by Peta Rake

Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space

Opening Reception
Friday January 26, 2018. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Artist and Curator Talk
Saturday January 27, 2018. 2:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
February 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. 

Art Break
March 13, 2018, 12 p.m.

Walter Phillips Gallery is pleased to present Like ships in the night, a solo exhibition by Montreal-based, Algonquin artist Caroline Monnet. The title emerges from the idiom 'ships in the night' that describes how signals in the dark are often the sole way of communicating across large divides—both geographically, culturally and interpersonally. The saying, ‘like ships in the night’ also speaks to transient relationships, missed connections, and attempts to draw lines between conversations and objects that might be obscured from one another. 

Bringing into play sculpture and video, Monnet creates an abstracted apparatus that aims to demonstrate dichotomies in social, cultural and political identities, resulting in a critique of the colonial, industrial and economic interchange between Canada and Europe. Like ships in the night speaks to the interconnectedness and the diversity of views that shapes our place within the world while shedding light upon the given historical and cultural complexities of the contemporary colonial context.

Caroline Monnet is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award, created to support the commission of new work. 

Artist Biographies

Image Courtesy the Artist

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Québec. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Monnet has exhibited in various venues such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Haus der Kulturen, Berlin for Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Toronto International Film Festival; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York; Cannes Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival, Park City; Tampere Film Festival; and Arsenal and Museum of Contemporary Arts, Montréal. 

Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Axenéo7, Gatineau; Indigenous Art Biennale, Montréal; and Contemporary Native Art Biennial: Culture Shift, Art Mûr and McCord Museum, Montréal. Her next exhibitions include solo-presentations at Action Art Actuel, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Like ships in the night at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Monnet has received awards and accolades including the Cinéfondation Cannes Film Festival Residency (2016-2017), the Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival (2016), and was nominated for the 2016 Canadian Screen award for Best Short Drama. In 2014 - 2016 she was the artist in residence at Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montréal. Monnet holds a BA in Communication and Sociology from the University of Ottawa and University of Granada, Spain. She currently lives in Montréal, and is a founding member of artist collective ITWÉ.

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