Ramona Ramlochand Island in a Tender State
Opening on Wednesday, October 29, at 8 pm
For the past few years Ramona Ramlochand has been working with photographic projections. Slides taken while traveling in developing countries are projected onto interiors and exteriors of places she has lived in Canada. The projection is then photographed, printed on duratrans transparencies, and encased in light boxes. This transfer allows the image to be projected back to the viewer, enabling a reinterpretation of the original event while creating images that stand in a new visual and geographic time and space.
” Island in a Tender State is the first part of an ongoing investigation that examines the existing relationships between the viewer-voyeur, the artist and the image. Through this installation I have created environments, controlled by light and form, which unite contrasting realities. The dueling of two realities invites us to consider a dimensional voyage as opposed to a physical one, and explores how we situate ourselves in a “virtual” environment. As well, the inclusion of my ghost-like appearance in the projected images accentuates my sense of awareness and uprootedness and places me in a position of both subject and spectator. The work is intoxicated with a mixture of memory, sentiment and displacement, and speaks of the ambiguity of “place” to sharpen one’s sense of the fragility and duplicity of the world. ” R.R.
Ramona Ramlochand was born in Guyana but grew-up in England and Canada and traveled extensively in Africa and in Southeast Asia. The Montréal artist has completed a collaborative exhibition with British artist Keith Piper at the Ottawa Art Gallery which is touring the country this year. Island in a Tender State is her first solo exhibition in Montréal.