Collette A. Balcaen: LA DICTÉE

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“The concept that I wish to make visible is the importance of the individual and his / her role in society. My experiences as a woman, a mother and an early childhood educator have shaped me as an artist. Lines, textures, shapes, colors, and gestures stimulate my creativity and result in artworks manifested in textiles and performances. I work with the everyday: threads, yarns, fabrics, sewing notions and repeated domestic daily tasks. I am very intrigued by the parallel between written text and woven threads; both combine row upon row of information to form a whole. To me, fabrics, like texts, are articulated in a calligraphic continuum. This type of manual repetition, which creates a larger meaning, is also present in my work.”

— Collette Balcaen

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Collette A. Balcaen: LA DICTÉE

du 9 février au 14 avril 2006 – February 9 to April 14 2006

L’artiste multidisciplinaire Colette A. Balcaen s’apprête à nous surprendre encore une fois par une toute nouvelle production solo intitulée La dictée comprenant une installation et une performance qui nous plongent dans un monde qui lui est familier, celui de la transmission du savoir en milieu minoritaire.

Grâce à un tableau d’école et à des objets traditionnels – trente petits chapeaux porteurs de textes d’enfants et de citations de Gabrielle Roy disposés en deux rangées Colette recrée un environnement de salle de classe tandis que dans une autre salle un portrait de Gabrielle Roy souligne le rôle d’inspiratrice de cette dernière. Des enregistrements de voix féminines, racontent leurs expériences scolaires, l’influence de l’école et du milieu francophone minoritaire sur leurs choix de vie. Lors de sa performance, devenant tour à tour enseignante et poète, Colette A. Balcaen amène le spectateur à devenir acteur, à puiser dans son vécu pour rebâtir un univers collectif.

Multi-disciplinary artist Colette A. Balcaen prepares to surprise us once more with her most recent production titled La Dictée involving an installation and performance that plunge the viewer into a world that is very familiar to the artist – the transmission of knowledge in minority culture.

Using a school chalkboard and traditional objects – thirty miniature hats bearers of children’s writing and quotes derived from Gabrielle Roy lined up in two rows, Colette recreates the environment of the classroom while a portrait of Gabrielle Roy in an adjoining space underlines her inspirational role on the artist. Audio recordings of female voices retell stories from school years, the influence of the educational institution and the role of francophone minority society on their lives. During her performance, the artist moves back and forth between teacher and poet, as such Colette A. Balcaen creates a path for the viewer to act, and seek out his/her life experience in order to rebuild a collective space.

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Merci de l’appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des Arts du Manitoba, du Conseil des Arts de Winnipeg, SAIC, Patrimoine canadien, Culture, Patrimoine et Tourisme Manitoba et Assurances Forest

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Texte/Essay : Huguette Le Gall
Photographie/Photography : Ernest Mayer

Renseignement/Information: Maison des artistes 219, boulevard Provencher 237-5964

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~ by artpoped on February 16, 2009.

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