September 5 – October 4, 2014
Centre des Arts Actuels Skol
372, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, espace 314
Montréal, QC H3B 1A2
When a line becomes a wall and a circle becomes a fortress
What is the shape of an edge?
In architectural drawing, a line demarcates a space that can separate or enclose a body. A simple boundary line can guide or constrict the movement of entire communities. However, within every wall there are cracks, fissures, and trespasses. The works of Matilda Aslizadeh and Gwenessa Lam inhabit such boundary spaces as “edge states.” Their images question the resiliency of defensive structures, as they exist between the spectrum of triumph and ruin, deterioration and transformation. Walls and towers have historically marked the borders of a nation’s territory and sovereignty. Aslizadeh and Lam revisit such barriers as mutable spaces.
The exhibition is composed of a video installation by Matilda Aslizadeh, and paintings and drawings by Gwenessa Lam.
Exhibition essay available by Marina Roy
Photo: Guy L’Heureux