RaphaŽlle de Groot: The Summit Meetings
October 3, 2015 – January 17, 2016
The Summit Meetings is a large-scale installation by Montreal-based artist, RaphaŽlle de Groot, that stages gatherings of objects from diverse sources and origins, presenting them as if they were the protagonists of an important gathering of leaders. Composed mainly of items the artist collected herself as part of an artistic investigation called The Burden of Objects, the installation will include elements borrowed from ethnographical, historical and community museums.
In 2009, RaphaŽlle de Groot set in motion her long-term project, The Burden of Objects, inviting communities within Lethbridge, Alberta to donate personal items that have been stored away and bear an emotional or mental Ďweightí - to free themselves of these loaded objects and transfer their burden to her. This burden became the catalyst for de Grootís creative process. For the next five years, de Grootís collection would grow as she travelled throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Italy, using her objects to produce installations, performances, video, and photographs. Coming full circle, de Groot brought together her multi-faceted collection at The Summit Meetings that opened at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) in September 2014. Mimicking the countless global summits that bring powerful leaders together to discuss issues, The Summit Meetings evolves as the work travels from one venue to the next in intriguing and playful ways.
In Windsor, The Summit Meetings will include objects from collectors in Windsor, Windsorís Community Museum and the AGW, The Summit Meetings travels to Quebec City and will be presented at the Musťe National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec in Spring 2016. De Groot sees the project as a collection of events; at each venue performances allude to different phases in the meeting - from inauguration to closure - and promises to generate lively and energetic discussions locally and nationally. †
The exhibition is curated by Ryan Doherty, Bernard Lamarche and Srimoyee Mitra, and is organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Musťe National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec.
WATCH†the†Opening night performance for the exhibition, The Summit Meetings, by RaphaŽlle de Groot in collaboration with Christina Cuthbertson, Srimoyee Mitra, Stephen Nilsson and Katie Whitehead at The Art Gallery of Windsor on October 2, 2015.†
The Artist is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the†Arts.
Read reviews and more:
RaphaŽlle de Groot: le gťnie du hors-norme …ric Clťment, La Presse:†http://www.lapresse.ca/arts/arts-visuels/201602/23/01-4953731-raphaelle-de-groot-le-genie-du-hors-norme.php
RaphaŽlle de Groot by Heather Saunders: http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/raphaelle-de-groot/
Video interview with RaphaŽlle de Groot by Paige Rosner, SAAG Gallery Educator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_3_w84R8TA
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