Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle: La Chorale [While the tree sleeps, the woodcutters sing]
October 19 – November 17, 2012
Opening on Friday October 19 at 5:30pm : Potlach!
A symbol of redistribution of wealth and barter the Potlach is a communal meal where everyone brings something to share. Bring your whole family and come hungry!
A copresentation of The HTMlles 10: RISKY BUSINESS. Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle shares the gallery with Koby Rogers Hall and Frédéric Biron Carmel in order to create a variable environment; at once installation, motor for exchange and ground for action.
Installation of an old-fashioned rocking chair, 730 cm long, made of lindenwood, and capable of seating 20 people. The work becomes a multivalent performance that suggests a critical reflection on the brief time usually spent in a gallery through its open invitation to rocking, evoking the solidarity required of a group to set the chair in motion in a synchronized rhythm. Particular details of the environment suggest an at once poetic and wretched experience of the socio-political space that many communities share.
1. More perhaps than any other piece of furniture, the rocking-chair in the Québécois home has acquired a personality closely identified with its owner. In lower income homes, families will keep the rocking-chair in their own bedroom and only take it out on special occasions. For a birth, before the midwife’s arrival, one’s own chair is taken out. Considered the most comfortable seat in the house, the rocking-chair is offered to guests in hopes of prolonging their stay. When someone invites themselves over a little too often, they’re given the worst chair, one that leans, creaks, or wobbles off-balance. The visitor will be less likely to stay over. A young girl in love may choose to seat her paramour in an off-balance rocking-chair that creeps across the floor as it rocks, such as to gradually close the distance between them as the evening progresses. A young girl who rocks while she eats, they say, will not marry and remain an old maid.
Paul-Louis Martin, La berçante québécoise – Histoire populaire du Québec 1, Montreal, Boréal Express, 1973, 173 p.
2. October 16, 2011. Occupy Montreal tents at the foot of the stock exchange, Square Victoria, Montreal, Canada.
3. March 22, 2012. Major demonstration against the tuition fee hikes, Montreal, Canada.