Here’s a youth exhibition that you’ll rarely see in a museum. Children are encouraged to let their imagination run wild as they explore the installation. Run, jump, touch – yes, it’s all allowed!
In Je suis chantier [Still Under Construction], artists Cédric Delorme-Bouchard and Kévin Pinvidic invite children to get lost in the nooks and crannies of an architecture of the possible. For their first museum exhibition, they have built an installation that incorporates the different facets of children’s emerging self-image: growing awareness of the world around them, a propensity to situate themselves within that world, and a desire to project themselves through and to others. Children can explore the installation and its interplay of mirrors, textures, colours, shadows, light and reflections, emptiness and fullness, while dreaming of different ways of playing with space, from the single to the multiple, from presence to conscience, from body to mind, from here and now to elsewhere and the imagination.
This participatory installation is situated at the boundary between visual and media arts, between architecture and theatre. It offers a multi-sensory experience in which children roam from discovery to discovery. In this immersive environment, children and adults are invited to open themselves to the possibilities and become part of the work, both inwardly and outwardly.
Image in the banner:
© Kévin Pinvidic, Je suis chantier, 2018.
This exhibition is made possible by the support and financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Biography of the artists
Cédric Delorme-Bouchard, lighting designer
Cédric Delorme-Bouchard has designed the lighting and scenography for more than 100 productions staged in Montreal, from plays and dance performances to opera productions. He has also designed a number of projects in South America, Europe and Asia. Driven by a fascination with architecture and theories of space, his lighting work is divorced from any kind of naturalism. Instead, he focuses on explorations of rhythm and composition.
Kévin Pinvidic, visual artist and scenographer
Kévin Pinvidic is a multidisciplinary artist. He is trained in architecture and design and works in scenography and visual and media arts. Whether he is working in 2D or 3D, in a material or a virtual medium, he focuses on the representation and use of space. His work has been exhibited in Montreal, Japan, China and France, among others. His recent research examines the interrelated phenomena of perception and motion, particularly the visual transposition of the experience of wandering in the city.
Liliane Boucher and Jean-François Guilbault, co-artistic directors
Since 2009, Samsara Théâtre has created and produced artworks that explore the endless motion of life in all its variations of rhythm, colour and sensation. From early childhood to adulthood, as well as the turbulence of adolescence, Samsara’s stories give audiences unique immersive experiences in theatrical worlds rich with meaning. Samsara Théâtre invites viewers to engage with visual art. Its approach inspires dialogue, broadens horizons and reduces the distance separating us from each other.