photography, video, sound...
It is in Montreal, "The" immigration metro, that I have been carrying out my work on composite, complexe, scalable, urban identity.
9 VLV explores the difficult process that is accepting and adapting to the new every immigrant is going through. The Montreal ones have a worldwide uniqueness* as they have been enrolled with sale talks, photos, and information meetings.
Beetween dream and reality... decomposed identity, recomposed identity...
9 - pronounced neuf in french means new- like new chapter, new world, new birth, new environment, new identity, new blissfulness (?!), new life, beautiful life !?
VLV like the three first letters of the french expression "vive la vie" - that means life is beautiful- written on the plastic bag I got when I went shopping in Montreal for the very first time (just after landing here for the first time after two years staying in India).
The work rules I imposed myself:
To work with the ID photos format required (in double) by the governement of Quebec for every permanent residency request,
" vive la vie " plastic bags,
red shoes in reference to Dorothy and her magical ruby slippers who is in search of blissfulness in the film "The wizard of Oz",
and yellow ribbon in reference to the yellow brick road in the same film.
* apart from the refugies of course.
9 VLV - 1
vive la vie suitcase
9 VLV - 2
14 X 20,5 cm
9 VLV - 3
projection - video & sound - 3 minutes 25
the video & soundtrack
in french, Quebec oblige ! ("vive la vie" means life is beautiful)
9 VLV - 4
red shoes & sound
based on testimonies of short and long time Montrealers immigrants;
in french, Quebec oblige!