Neotropical Migrants and Others is a multidisciplinary exhibition that includes drawings, sculptures, textile installations and a collection of Latin American artisanries obtained from garage sales and second-hand shops in Montreal.
Inspired by the trajectory of certain species of Neotropical migratory birds that fly each year from Canada to Central and South America and back, this work has involved a long process of research. It considers the bird species that specifically migrate from Quebec to the south of the American continent and has included the observation of birds in Montreal's wetlands that are home to many migratory species, many of them vulnerable or endangered, like the Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina). Configured under a kind of archaeology of displacement and memory, the series presented here uses recycled and recovered materials, such as packing boxes, tourist souvenirs and personal objects that have followed these same migratory routes.
This exhibition seeks to discover the links between climate change and migration. It considers the dependent relationship between nature and human activity, affected by political, economic and social factors, and incorporates both the resilience and vulnerability of migrant populations, exploring and revealing the connections — sometimes invisible and often problematic — of the migratory phenomenon with environmental and social issues.
This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.