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Rencontre avec l’autre soi-même
[Encountering the Other Self]

naakita feldman-kiss
Julie Lequin
Bogdan Stoica

September 19 to December 20, 2020

Curator: Karen Tam

This group exhibition at EXPRESSION, presented with the participation of Les Territoires, an artist-run centre based in Montréal, brings together video and installation works by emerging artists of diverse origins: naakita feldman-kiss (Montréal), Julie Lequin (Boucherville), and Bogdan Stoica (Montréal). The common denominator in each of their practices relates to ideas of family, home, memory, and the search for self. Through the use of fiction and their own lived experiences, the artists create works that seek to understand their environment, their relationships, and their “being.” While the videos document their life stories, the sculptures, text-works, DIY props, drawings, and collages that physically occupy the space act as counterpoints to the impermanence memories.

Julie Lequin’s semi-autobiographic works explore identity, home, and family. Her most recent projects take a humorous look at the construction of the self within her home in the suburb of Boucherville. Bogdan Stoica’s video Ce qui reste à traduire combines the artist’s memories of the past and the present. Shot in Romania, this poetic work chronicles his Québécoise partner Catherine’s first impressions of his native country and his family. For her part, naakita feldman-kiss looks at family heritage and oral tradition in her video installation Wednesdays, Before Piano, a series of performances created during visits with her grandmother in Ottawa, recorded over a year.