Où allait mourir le bruit de la chanson, there came forth a dark and undefined shadow


April 24th – May 29th, 2021

Project description

Amélie Brisson-Darveau’s work is composed of installation, drawing, and performative action. By giving shape to imperceptible elements of our environment, by exploring their tangibility, she proposes alternative experiences of what is often left unseen. Whether it is the texture of the elements she explores or that of her materials, the notion of texture plays a key role in her practice. The artist uses the participation of the public as a subtle way to link the historical content of her projects to the actual socio-political, economical and environmental context.

In her project at Skol, Brisson-Darveau explores the materiality of shadows, and the role it plays in early horror movies of the 40’s and 50’s. Emerging from a dark socio-political context (Second World War and the Great Depression), these movie’s directors have used shadows to create an estheticized monstruosity, in echo to their times. Creating a link with the actual context, the artist questions herself about the relationship between fear and depression, obscurity and estheticized monstruosity, in an era characterized by social, political and environmental instability.

At Skol, Brisson-Darveau presents installative pieces that create shadows and that are made of objects related to cinema. Proposed as essays on the creation of dreamy and monstrous atmospheres, they also feature the exhibition visitor’s moving shadow. Playing at once on the deconstruction of cinematic strategies and the creation of a fictive and performative space, the exhibition becomes a place of conjuncture between real and cinematic space.

The artist would like to thank the Canada council for the arts, Atelier Clark, Circa’s summer residency, Fab Lab du Pec, Gaïa atelier céramique, Guillaume Brisson-Darveau, Alanna Thain, Pavitra Wickramasinghe and Christoph Brunner.


Photo credit: Guy L’heureux