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Critical Creation Series



The Critical Creation Series are curated by Stéphane Martelly and Lilia Topouzova, Postdoctoral Fellows at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University ​

With: Lilia Topouzova, Livia Daza-Paris, Dominique Fontaine, Lisa Ndejuru, David Ward, Zab Maboungou, Karla Etienne, Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, Milan Tanedjikov, Jonathan Carlone, Marina Carrier, Genia De Marco, Katelyn Dobbin, Saba Golabi, Kat Sawan.​

Ethical Fashion

When: Monday, June 6-7, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (8 hours)

Where: Concordia, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex Building (EV) - EV Atrium

Milan Tanedjikov (Concordia University) and six LaSalle College students.
A Material Culture & Fashion Exhibit

The garments are part of a collection, titled Odesza, designed by six LaSalle College students under the artistic direction of Milan Tanedjikov. The collection: an artisanal Montreal-based clothing collection that is part of the slow-fashion movement. The clothes are made by hand with environmentally friendly material and workers are paid fair wages. The students were motivated by the desire to move away from unethical clothing manufacturing practices and to design a collection that re-envisions Montreal’s material culture and fashion legacy.

Critical Creation series: The visits (of which there were none) Episode N. 2

When: Monday, June 6-7, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (8 hours)

Where: Concordia, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex Building (EV) - EV Atrium

Dominique Fontaine / Livia Daza-Paris,  
A video and photographic installation.
(All Day Installation)

Livia Daza-Paris presents an investigative work, which considers grief, political displacement and how they inhabit one’s own body and place of dwelling. The visits (of which there were none) Episode N. 2; is a segment being developed in Montreal as part of On Antigone Steps: poetic forensics of the disappeared, its body and land, a multi-year project with investigative nodes in Montreal, Canada; Washington D.C. USA and Venezuela. According to the artist, “The visits…” takes the form of video-portraits outside of “homes” where I have lived in Montreal, as well as typical sight-seeing locations in the city. Next to these performatives interventions captured in the videos, I place a few selected copies of primary-source documents as well as poetic texts on the connectivities between what was disappeared by political oppression and what remains as evidence.”
Livia Daza-Paris is a transdisciplinary artist who has worked with dance, performance,
video, text and documentary evidence. She uses artistic processes within art-based research, disciplines of narrative inquiry and poetic interventions to address historical trauma. At the core of Daza-Paris’ works are three fundamental questions. Firstly, in the absence of a mourning ritual, when a loved one is disappeared by the state, how do those left behind cope with their own grief under conditions of silence and clandestinity and how does it shape their lives? Secondly, how do we embody land and memories linked to historical trauma that have been made-to-disappear? Finally, how do personal stories extend into a collective story that becomes history?

Dominique Fontaine is a curator and Founding Director of aPOSteRIORI, a non-profit curatorial platform – researching, documenting, developing, producing and facilitating innovation in diverse contemporary art practices. Fontaine graduated in visual arts and arts administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada), and completed De Appel
Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). She was Curator for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014. Since 2013, she has been contributing to Of Africa, a multidisciplinary and multiplatform program, in collaboration with the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and other partner organizations.

Critical Creation Series: “Le Petit coin intact:” A Bilingual Performed Autoethnography

When: Monday, June 6, 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)

Where: Concordia, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex Building (EV) - EV Atrium

Creator/performer: Lisa Ndejuru, Concordia University.
Soundscape and projections: David Ward, Concordia University.
Theatrical Performance with Projected Photos

Le petit coin intact is a bilingual (FR/EN) performed monologue with soundscape and projections. The title of this series of short vignettes refers to a core of wholeness and strength so often contained in even the most extreme narratives of violence. Anchored in the performer’s own family story, it explores shared concerns and aspirations around the intergenerational legacy of trauma. This is a one-woman dramatic reflection about holding on tightly to the things worth holding. . . and shedding everything else.

Critical Creation Series: LWÀZA (The Noise)

When: Tuesday, June 7, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)

Where: Concordia, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex Building (EV) - EV Atrium

Nyata Nyata (Karla Etienne and Zab Mabongou)

This hybrid demonstration project explores the links between heritage and artistic creation that is revealed in practice. Interspersed in the presentation will be extracts of past work and examples of live dance created for this occasion with dancers and drummers. Zab Maboungou and Nyata Nyata are a contemporary dance company that is unique in Montreal and in Canada.

Cette conférence-démonstration, d'une durée d'une heure, porterait sur les liens qu'elle opère dans sa démarche artistique entre patrimoine et création artistique. Le discours sera entrecoupé d'extraits d'oeuvres déjà créées et de manifestations dansées créées pour l'occasion (avec danseurs et tambourinaires live). 

Zab Maboungou et Nyata Nyata est une compagnie de danse contemporaine unique dans le paysage montréalais et canadien. Chorégraphe autant que penseure et interprète renommée, la directrice artistique a fait valoir sa volonté affirmée de produire, partout dans le monde, sur scène et hors scène, ses oeuvres chorégraphiques, d’enseigner la technique de la danse africaine, d’appuyer la formation des danseurs, de développer les publics et de participer activement au renouveau institutionnel des politiques relatives au domaine de l’art.

Fondatrice de la réputée Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, artiste-chorégraphe et interprète, professeure de philosophie et auteure du livre Heya ! Poétique, historique et didactique de la danse africaine, Zab Maboungou s’est distinguée sur tous les fronts de l’action artistique et culturelle : sa contribution, remarquablement, rassemble et transcende les identités et les genres, sans jamais diluer les savoirs et les pratiques qu’elle a, avec une consistance qui ne s’est jamais démentie, innovés et développés en ce pays avec la volonté marquée de proposer un art vivant, au sens le plus noble du terme, c’est-à-dire un art, qui par delà les histoires et les communautés a su mettre en scène les êtres et leur temps.

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