Laval Center for the Arts | Suburban Triennale! natural taste

The perfect fair for summer (and young and old) 3e Triennale Banlieue! Presented until October 30 at the Maison des Arts de Laval, it refreshes the mind as much as it refreshes the body. The original works of 19 artists or artist duos from Quebec, Canada and France evoke where nature lies in the North American suburbs. Very inspiring edition.

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Eric Kleiman

Eric Kleiman

What a prolific and original edition of Triennale Banlieue! In the Alfred-Pellan room at the Maison des Arts de Laval. After creations about life stories in 2015, migrations seen under the magnifying glass of theater in 2018, the exhibition, this year, deals with the region considered from the point of view of geography and the relationship to nature. Curators Marie Perrault and Jan Romaneschi, backed by the expertise of a strong scientific panel.

Tip, first: Before the tour begins, watch the 18-minute video in which the themes of the exhibition are discussed. Urban planner Samuel Descôteaux Fréchette identifies the history of the emergence of suburbs in Quebec before addressing the ecological future of our suburbs. Biologist Anis Boutin talked about the importance of wetlands in populated areas, then geographer Louis Tremblay taught us that ecological corridors are necessary in the suburbs to allow the species to spread. It also addresses the persistent demand of nature lovers to ban pesticides and other products harmful to human health and the health of animals and plants in general.

The Importance of Adopting a New Look in the Suburbs – But Elsewhere, Too! – Well illustrated by the plant artwork car park paradise, created by Ottawa artist Deborah Margaux on the grassy walkways adjacent to the Montmorency College parking lot, near the Maison des Arts de Laval. You will see that the grass, cut, is replaced for about twenty meters by a mixture of plants and flowers (echinacea, chrysanthemums, asters, chamomile, golden rod, etc.). An unconvincing call to Laval College to put an end to this grass that turns yellow when it doesn’t rain enough, and its roots are shallow, which is not the case with a variety that is more drought-resistant and more bee-friendly and more. insects.

Photo Robert Skinner, the press

In the foreground, Deborah Margo’s factory work

Also outside, the high-end installation of Eugenia Reznik, Listen to the field of rootswith benches, potato plants and two speakers, evokes rooting (with sound testimonies from Lavalloises and Lavallois), the importance of potatoes in the human diet and also tradition for creating bonds between people.

Photo Robert Skinner, the press

Ukrainian artist Eugenia Reznik

Nearby, we had the extraordinary experience of listening to… the breath of a tree. A poetic and sensitive installation by Scenocosme, a group of artists Leon Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt. We won’t tell you more! Give it a try and find the trick…

In the Alfred-Pellan Room, the choice of commissioners varies greatly and provides plenty of insight into the challenges of suburbia in the context of the climate crisis.

Celebrating the Soft Land with the installation of Mary Cote. A new original survey by Nicholas Grenier, using colour, on the view we have of our environment. Aquaculture Lab – where fish, plants and bacteria work in symbiosis to enhance life – a great idea from Sophie Aubrey.

There are also four photographs of the impact of fire in the British Columbia suburbs, a work by Andreas Rutkauskas. Field of Wheat Ears (plastic) by Ludovic Bony, where you can walk. Nature conquered, as in the days of the Wild West, with great video Researchers, by Louise Noguchi of Ontario. Old suburban scenes, obviously Stephen Orner! Or the Humorous Bird Kit Library by Richard Ibeghi and Marilou Lemmens. Look closely to appreciate the fiction used to talk about the (real) work of birds. When we tell you that this Triennale combines social responsibility, environmental awareness, and fun on the eyes, these are not empty words!

Co-curator Marie Perrault wanted to address the variety of relationships that suburban residents have with nature. and presenting scientifically interpretable works, which impart substance to the exhibition, thanks to very complete nomenclature. “The Triennale shows that there is a certain vitality in suburbia and that if everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel, we can improve the presence of nature there, in different ways, to recreate natural environments,” says -she. A bit like Louis Tremblay explains with eco trails.”

Note that throughout August, the Maison des Arts de Laval organizes, in parallel, free activities: the manufacture of seed bombs, the creation of blue patterns, discussions, performances, visits and workshops, all proposed by curators, artists and scientists. something to enhance visit this 3e Triennale Banlieue! A much needed look at suburban areas.

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