For her exhibition at the Darling Foundry, Canadian artist Marie-Michelle Deschamps will present a project that stems from her ongoing conversation with the schizophrenic American writer Louis Wolfson, and his expressed desire and ultimate failure to “eradicate English” from his experience of the world by replacing it simultaneously with a mix of French, German, Hebrew and Russian. This exhibition originates from a conversation with artists and writers of Anglophone and Francophone origins, from Canada and abroad. The exhibition will become a space where participants’ voices are put side by side, not merged, creating a cross-linguistic dialogue and producing a new “language”. The overall project is based on ideas of shared authorship, knowledge as practice, inclusivity, and cross‐contaminating practices. With L*, Deschamps gives a spatial form to her current research, making concrete the idea of inhabiting language, something she first explored while writing her artist book The Twofold Room (2012).
Marie-Michelle Deschamps is also featured at Battat Contemporary in Montreal from April 7th to April 30th.