JULIE-ISABELLE LAURIN, FÉLIPE GOULET, Marilou André & Kristel Tremblay-LETARTE: Monument politique poème performatif


June 6 th — June 20 th 2024

Project Description:

A creative research workshop and living archive exhibition around the Monument à Maisonneuve, addressing themes of systemic racism, legitimacy, identity, responsibility and action art in public space.

Monument Politique Poème Performatif is a collective project of performances and interventions around the Maisonneuve Monument at Place d’Armes in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. Through this project emerged an intractable questioning of monumental systemic racism and the artist’s place in the materialization of history in public space. The project was initiated in 2020 by artists Julie-Isabelle Laurin (Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal) and Félipe Goulet-Letarte (Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal). Their interventions took the form of a letter to various levels of government, a petition, publications, engaged video clips, conversations and several performances in dialogue with the monument. Following a workshop with Le Repaire in autumn 2022, their collective expanded to include artists Marilou André (Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal) and Kristel Tremblay (NIONWENTSÏO/Québec). The 4 non-native artists use historical material and performance art as their medium, and work to explore new channels of communication that aim to include as many people as possible in this fundamental conversation. A 4-hand text is soon to be published in the collection Brefs essais sur la nation (Éditions Somme toute), as well as a website designed by artist Hugo Nadeau, bringing together alternative works to the official history of Quebec.



Workshop Schedule*

*You must have participated in one of the two days between June 8 and 9 in order to present a performance on Saturday, June 15.


Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Presentation of the collective project Monument politique performative poem, short tour of the exhibition archives, walk through the Monument-à-Maisonneuve and performative exploration of the site

Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Theoretical presentations on the project, based on the research and contributions of the 4 members, and exchange of performance ideas among the participants

Wednesday, June 12: Meeting (to be confirmed with participants)

Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Morning group discussion and afternoon performances at the Monument

Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Gallery work and archive modification

Thursday, June 20, 5 to 7 p.m.: Finissage of the project open to the public and guided tour of the archive exhibition


Collective capsules

In a collegial spirit of exchange and expertise sharing, Skol’s main gallery will host a series of 3 co-creation sessions. Each session will be led by a Skol member who will share their skills while guiding the development of a collective project. The gallery will be divided into two distinct spaces – one for creation and the other for presentation. It will be open to the public, featuring both previous works and works in progress. At the intersection of education, creation, and dissemination, these sessions will serve as the fertile ground for the production of unique collective works related to the collective imagination and public space.

* More informations to come!


Image: The collective performing on July 26th, 2024. Left to right: Julie-Isabelle Laurin, Marilou André, Krystel Tremblay, Félipe Goulet-Letarte.
Photo credits : Christine Brault and Laurence Beaudoin-Morin