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Murs aveugles

by Isabelle Hayeur

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Murs aveugles est une projection architecturale présentée sur un édifice jouxtant la station de métro Saint-Laurent de Montréal. L'œuvre s'inspire du mouvement de contestation pacifique Occupy et trace un portrait de notre horizon politique actuel. Du 15 octobre au 25 novembre 2011, de nombreux citoyens se regroupèrent et établissaient le campement d'Occupons Montréal au Square Victoria, rebaptisé alors « Place du peuple ». Je fréquentai cette agora régulièrement, photographiant les indignés, les tentes, les affiches, écoutant les déclarations publiques... Il y avait en ce lieu une énergie magnifique qui redonnait espoir: un monde plus juste et solidaire était possible. Ce mouvement laisse entrevoir ce que nos sociétés deviendront lorsque les citoyens participeront davantage à la vie politique de leurs pays. La vidéo se présente comme une mosaïque colorée, baroque et ludique. Elle est formée de graffitis, slogans, symboles et citations qui se superposent à la surface de projection pour former des murales virtuelles. J'y aborde des thèmes comme ceux de l'embourgeoisement, des inégalités sociales, de la convergence des médias, de l'environnement... Différents niveaux de langage sont réunis pour abolir les hiérarchies.
 
Blind Walls is an architectural projection presented on a building adjoining the Saint-Laurent metro station in Montreal. This work was inspired by the Occupy movement of peaceful protest and draws a portrait of our current political horizon. From October 15 to November 25, 2011, numerous citizens gathered and established the Occupons Montréal camp on Victoria Square, renamed Place du peuple for the duration. I regularly came to this public forum, taking pictures of the indignés, the tents, the posters, listening to public statements... There was a wonderful energy about this place, bringing back hope: a fairer world, with more solidarity, was possible. This movement provided a glimpse of what our societies will become when citizens participate more in the political life of their countries. The video appears as a colourful, baroque, playful mosaic. It is made up of graffiti, slogans, symbols and citations that are superimposed on the projection surface to form virtual murals. I use it to tackle topics such as gentrification, social inequalities, media convergence, the environment... Different language levels are brought together to abolish hierarchies.
 
Murs aveugles est une commande de La Biennale de Montréal dans le cadre de BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward) / Blind Walls was commissioned by La Biennale de Montréal and produced for BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward). Remerciements / Thanks to: Sylvie Fortin, Lesley Johnstone, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, Mikaël Charpin.
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hayeur (Isabelle Hayeur)
Rawdon, QC
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I am a photographer and a video artist. My work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions.

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