The fourth edition of Passages Insolites is back in Quebec City: 9 artists and collectives of architects question our relationship with the urban environment with installations exploring the idea of unusual passages. Developed by EXMURO, and under the artistic direction of Vincent Roy, Passage Insolites will be on view until 15 October 2017.
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Les malcommodes’ pink illusory passageway connected to the Royal Battery 17th Century fortifications. “The IMPOSTOR installation raises questions about the uses and abuses of historic landmarks”. Indeed, the historical site facing the St Lawrence River was partly paved over with layers and partly dug up and rebuilt.
The CELESTIAL RUBBISH installation by Collectif Allard-Duchesneau questions our aesthetic prejudices and the meanings of the objects all around us in the urban environment. A garbage container has been transformed into a passage way with mirrored interiors and a perforated roof with hanging golden chains. The result is an inspiring bizarre juxtaposition of ugliness and beauty.
Titled WHEN PAPER PLANES STOP CATCHING THE WIND, Atelier MAP‘s installation evokes the hard passage between childhood and adult life. The white paper-plane structure with black edges referee to the world of comics, place of escape as fantastic playgrounds of childhood.
In the SPACE CUBE designed by Marie-Eve Martel visitors can plunge into an imaginary world concealed behind translucent yet reflective walls. With SSSPUN, Robert Hengeveld installs a rotating 4m tall tree springing from Old Quebec City cracked pavement just like weeds would do.
Other installations include Carole Baillargeon piece evoking the feeling of sailing under heavy winds with a series of mast-like cylinders, a ship-like shape, and rigging. Sculptosaurus half tent-trailer half led zeppelin vehicle tackles the concepts of travel and migration and makes fun of our concept of progress.
Giorgia Volpe‘s woven canoes float mid-air by the banks of the St. Lawrence and refer to the vulnerability and endurance inherent in human and animal migratory and nomadic lives.
All photos by Stéphane Bourgeois – courtesy of EXMURO.