2020 - 2021
This collection is part of Breathe II, the second iteration of a touring exhibition (2021-2023) curated by Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd showcasing "44 masks that speak to both cultural resilience and strength of community in the face of a pandemic".
Masks have become ubiquitous during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the crisis has also deepened inequalities that have become so unbearable that people are marching all over the world regardless of the risks.
Masks cover our mouths, but do not silence us. This inspired me to work on a series of masks that are vocal about some of the most important ongoing issues. They are empowering messages.
WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
This first mask encompasses many causes and can be interpreted in many ways. It’s about fighting against all systemic oppressions (racisms, sexism, ageism, ableism, heteronormativity, xenophobia… and I am sure there is more since, I am limited by my own ignorance).
Also, it talks to the ongoing protests against masks and shows that wearing masks does not infringe on freedom of speech and human rights.
BLACK + INDIGENOUS LIVES MATTER
I do not know where to start… Massive change to the justice system is needed. I cannot change the justice system, but stating my solidarity to this cause is a start.
vies sacrées (sacred lives)
In remembrance of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. In Canada only, from 2016 to 2019, there was a monthly average of almost 3 indigenous women or girls disappearing, being murdered or dying while in institutional care. But women will not be silenced and shamed.
I decided to write it in French, my native language, as it is the closest to my heart. Even though it’s a language of settlers, my message is one of openness to all languages. I would like to make versions of this mask in all indigenous languages after consulting with the communities.
NOUS SOMMES NOUS SERONS
This is the slogan of the Franco-ontarian community protest against government cuts on Francophone services and education. Although Francophones are a relatively privileged group, the systematic process of assimilation and suppression by authorities is still ongoing.
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