A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language. What we are getting at becomes plain: Mastery of language affords remarkable power.1
By language, I mean words, sounds, voice, intonation, gestures, sighs, silences and posture. I have been interested in the great leaders of Afrodescendant and African communities and how they communicate with a majority when they are in a "minority" position.
1. Fanon, F. (2008). Black skin, white masks. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.lib-ezproxy.concordia.ca
Michaëlle Sergile is an artist and curator working mainly on texts and books from the postcolonial period from 1950 to the present. Her artistic work aims to understand and rewrite the history of Black communities, and more specifically of women, through weaving. Often perceived as a medium of craftsmanship and categorized as feminine, the artist uses the lexicon of weaving to question the relationships of gender and race.
She has exhibited at the ArtHelix gallery in New York, at the Miami Art Fair and has participated in several group exhibitions in Montreal including Place des Arts, Art Mûr gallery and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. She has also received several prizes and scholarships during her academic career, including a grant from the Fonds de recherche Société et Culture du Québec (FRQSC).
She is currently project manager and curator for the Nigra Iuventa platform where she co-curated the exhibition Subalternes created by and for black women in Quebec, as well as the exhibition Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage at the Darling Foundry, the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier and the CDEx last February.
Exhibitions September - November 2020 - Michaëlle Sergile
VOILÀ CE QUI ME SOMME À LES SOMMER
This is what compels me to compels them Livart
05 Sept. - 27 Sept.
Gesture : Body movements in political discourses
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
19 Sept. - 08 Nov.
TEXTILE, TEXTUALITÉ, IDENTITÉ Rad Hourani
22 Sept. - 16 Oct.
RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE
Warren G Flowers Art Gallery
22 Oct. - 28 Nov.