An exhibition by Rémi Belliveau. December 1 – January 26, 2014.
A boat sinks and someone on shore is witness to the event. Immediately, the witness runs to town and recounts the tale to the first passer by, who in turn recounts it to another. Three accounts of a single event now exist. Each account deviating from the last. Years go by, and the story is retold through evermore fading memories to new generations who begin to perceive some universal truth in its fabric. Hundreds of years removed from its root, the story now has something meaningful to say about the human condition. It possesses clear morals and values and can be used as a tool to teach others about life within a broader system of myths that construct a shared cultural mythology.
A global culture has dawned in this, the twenty first century, and as a result, our collective and individual identities are becoming less discrete, more ambiguous. We now face the alarming possibility that humans across the globe may one day attain a dystopian homogeneity subsequently ending the diverse cultural systems that we know and celebrate today.
In this series of large-format serigraphs, Rémi Belliveau considers the implications of such a possibility, an age-old question arises: how can we define or redefine ourselves collectively and individually in the wake of these changing times?
Please join the artist on Friday, January 23, 2015 between 5 – 6 PM for a closing reception, and conversation with the artist. This event will coincide with a reception for Kelly Hill’s exhibition Introducing Hilda Kelley.
Rémi Belliveau is a contemporary visual artist working with “dirty” printmaking processes to highlight the fragmentary nature of history and the malleable construction of cultural myth. Recent exhibitions include Somewheres (2014) curated by Pan Wendt, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and Soif de Parole (2012) curated by Amanda Dawn Christie, at Galerie Sans Nom. Bellieveau’s current curatorial project Les Mikeys de Paul Édouard Bourque will open at the Galérie Louise et Ruben Cohen in Moncton on February 11, 2015.