Approchez, je vous raconterai ce que j’ai oublié

An-Laurence Higgins, Confidences en trois temps, 2020

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An-Laurence Higgins, Confidences en trois temps, 2020

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Approchez, je vous raconterai ce que j’ai oublié

From May 7 to 15, 2021

Performative installation
May 15, 2021

In collaboration with Festival Accès Asie

Originally scheduled for spring 2020, this activity has been postponed to the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creative partners for 20 years, OBORO and Festival Accès Asie have joined forces once again as part of the Production and Presentation Short-term Residency Intervalles to present the immersive work Approchez, je vous raconterai ce que j’ai oublié performed by artist An-Laurence Higgins.

In this participatory performance, An-Laurence tells us stories of her adoption, from her birth in China to her arrival in Quebec. The performance personifies a collective memory belonging to those adopted in China under the family planning policy, better known in the West as the one-child policy.

In a room filled with artifacts from this collective memory, the public can meet the artist, seated at a table in the center of the room, and listen to her stories. Through media creation and direct contact with the public, An-Laurence seeks to render her current identity solluble with her forgotten past. A delicate and modern reflection emerges of the complex identities of adopted people.

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An-Laurence Higgins

An-Laurence Higgins (An Yuan 安 媛, born in China) is an artist and musician whose practice integrates performance and multimedia. Her most recent project as an independent musician and producer is the feminist concert Émergences ( (2019), featuring original multimedia work by emerging composers from Montreal and Toronto. Since a marking event that compelled her to re-evaluate the place of her adoption in her life, An-Laurence has used art and autoethnography to explore her identity and find meaning in her adoption experience, notably by creating the interactive multimedia installation Confidences en trois temps (2018) and the experimental short film D’où viens-tu? (2019). Mainly interested in the relational aspect of art, masterpieces, artworks, and the creative process, An-Laurence is inspired by subjects such as identity, communication, and living together. She is strongly attracted by to the interactivity between her work and the public, and is currently continuing her research-creation work on identity and adoption in China.