CAROLINE MONNET (QC-CA)
LIKE SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
JUNE 29 TO AUGUST 05
ARSENAL ART CONTEMPORAIN
BIO - CAROLINE MONNET
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec, whose work first garnered wide-scale attention at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for her film Ikwé. Since, Monnet has participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions and festivals, including screenings at Sundance, Aesthetica (UK), Smithsonian Institute (NYC), Nuit Blanche (Montreal), Arsenal Contemporary (NY), American Indian Film & Video Festival (San Francisco), and the Cannes Film Festival, where she received Cannes "Most Promising Project" Award in 2017.
Like ships in the night centres around a twenty-two-day journey across the Atlantic Ocean that the artist took in the summer of 2012, and documented via handheld Mini DV. Covering a fifth of the earth’s surface, the Atlantic Ocean has seen war, exchange, hope, greed, migration, and plunder. The imagery of the journey is dotted by markers of industry, refracted light, ships as shadows in the distance, and boiler rooms of infinite gauges; with Morse code and jamming radio signals providing a continuous backing track. Caroline Monnet here critiques the colonial, industrial and economic interchange between Canada and Europe as an indigenous woman.
With the kind permission of the artist and Gallery Division