Exhibition S’inscrire dans le présent - Inscribing in the present

Karen Tam, detail image of the work - stones © Karen Tam

Thu, 07/15/2021 -
Sat, 09/25/2021

Never Apart

An exhibition in dialogue with "Shaping the Past"

S’inscrire dans le présent – Inscribing in the present
Exhibition of local artists curated by Diane Gistal, founder of Nigra Iuventa in dialogue with Shaping the Past, curated by Monument Lab, presented in collaboration with Never Apart.
Exhibition at Never Apart, open from July 15 to September 25, 2021.
Virtual opening of the exhibition on July 15, 2021.
The exhibition is open for visits from July 17, 2021 on.

Visit free of charge.

Please see the protocol for a safe visit on the Never Apart pages.
Address : Never Apart, 7049 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2S 3H4
Opening hours : Saturdays, from 12:00 to 17:00
Nigra Iuventa, a Montreal-based organization that celebrates African and Afrodescendant culture through visual and media arts, presents Inscribing in the Present, the Canadian component in dialogue with transnational project Shaping the Past. Inscribing in the Present critically reflects on the power of commemorative communities.
Artist Moridja Kitenge Banza blurs the boundaries between his story and official history, individual memory and collective memory, by questioning his presence and his inscription on the territory, and by disrupting traditional cartographies.
In her installation, Karen Tam — whose research focuses on different forms of construction and representation of cultural identity —unearths a multitude of buried narratives revealed through relics.
Despite their different backgrounds, the two artists enter into a remarkable dialogue and perform an act that is as poetic as it is political: they inscribe their past in our present, reminding us that history can also be carried by those who commemorate it.
Artists presented in the exhibition:
  • Karen Tam
  • Moridja Kitenge Banza 
The exhibition is presented in dialogue with the transnational project Shaping the Past and a presentation of the artists and activists of the project:

Shaping the Past is a platform for transnational memory culture at the intersection of art, history, and justice. Based around the Monument Lab Fellows program, the exhibition features artists, activists, and collectives from North America and Germany whose work broadens understandings and illuminates ongoing memory interventions that reimagine civil society around the world.  
-Monument Lab
Monument Lab Fellows presented in the exhibition:
  • Ulf Aminde, Germany
  • Tomie Arai, US
  • Thalia Fernandez, Mexico
  • MADAD (Mallory Nezam, De Nichols, and Damon Davis), US
  • Quentin VerCetty, Canada
  • Alisha B. Wormsley, US 

About the Curators:

Diane Gistal is a cultural worker, independent curator and founder of Nigra Iuventa.
Her research interests focus on the 'place of memory' in the Haitian novel and her curatorial approach is characterised by creating a dialogue between the visual arts, literature and the humanities. Recent curatorial projects include Subalternes (CDEx,2019), Je sais pourquoi l’oiseau chante en cage (Fonderie Darling, Centre culturel Georges Vanier et CDEx, 2020) and Respiration (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2020).

Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments. As a studio and curatorial team, Monument Lab pilots collaborative approaches to unearthing and reinterpreting histories. This includes citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions, participatory research initiatives, a national fellows program, a web bulletin and podcast, and a workshop series for municipal and cultural officers.