Forbidden to Swim

© C. Monnet, 2017

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© C. Monnet, 2017

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Forbidden to Swim

Event
Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 6pm
Parc « sans nom » (at the corner of Clark and de l'Arcade)

Residency
April – November 2017

in partnership with LA SERRE – arts vivants, as part of POSSIBLES, a project featuring in the Celebration of Montreal's 375th Anniversary official programming.

           

The installation Forbidden to Swim puts on stage the situation of poor water quality in Canadian Indigenous communities. In a country as industrialized and developed as ours, more than 150 First Nations communities still don’t have access to drinking water, which is essentially a violation of human rights.

Installed in a public space, the installation Forbidden to Swim consists of stacked blocks of ice in which clothes are embedded and gradually appear as the ice melts under a set of lights used in cinema. Using video, sculpture and sound, the artist moves away from a conventional approach in the media in order to comment on the severe lack of constructive actions being taken to improve the health of First Nations people and therefore encourage voicing of opinions.

Forbidden to Swim critiques the extent of colonial power over the reality of Indigenous communities. For the duration of the event, bottled water will be sold at the current price offered in these communities, which is double or triple the price found in cities. The proceeds will go to an organization that fights for safe drinking water.

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Caroline Monnet

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, currently based in Montreal. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Monnet is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her films have been shown at numerous festivals around the world, including TIFF, Sundance, and Les Rencontres internationales. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Drama for Roberta and won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. She is currently developing her first feature film selected by the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation residency in Paris. As a visual artist, she has exhibited her work at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), as part of Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin/Madrid), Axenéo7, Plug In ICA, Arsenal Montréal, McCord Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal) among others.