The Round Table on Black History Month and Place des Arts continue their long-standing partnership to present Communal Attachments: Creating in the Absence of Each Other, a three-artist residency curated by Joséphine Denis. The three guest artists, Émilie Régnier (photographer), Damien Ajavon (textile) and Shanna Strauss (multimedia), have co-created a work that puts each of their artistic practices in dialogue with one another.
What gestures can specifically generate a new form of community within the artistic community? What kinds of interactions and language can be used to exchange artistic approaches and cultivate an artistic relationship? This residency, through its collaborative format, is dedicated to fostering artistic connections at a time when security measures in the face of the pandemic call for a complete halt of the physical exchanges on which we usually rely.
The artists had one week, in turn, to dedicate themselves completely to their contribution to the collective work, and to present a sufficiently pronounced direction in order to pass the baton. In Place Des Arts’ exhibition room, Régnier and Ajavon created on-site, while Strauss developed from a distance a part of the work to be projected. Their influences on each other, their inspirations, and their compromises were the markers of a collective visual language.
Communal Attachments is an opportunity for artists to continue to create an artistic network based on exchange, generosity, intellectual affinity, and critical thinking.
This exhibition is available online only. You may follow the artists’ progress, gaining insight into their work process, their thoughts, their approach to the project, and the curator’s comments on our Place des Arts... À la maison section and on our social media pages.