ELLES COLLECTIONNENT DES MONDES [2009-2011]
THEY'RE COLLECTING WORLDS

Photographic correspondence with the artist Catherine Tremblay

Project created in 2 steps: 
- 18 photographs taken between September 2009 and January 2010
-104 photographs taken at the rate of one image per week / per artist during the 52 weeks of the year 2011.

All this correspondence is available in a book, published by Éditions du Renard.

[Fall 2009] While we were both students in the Master's degree in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, we noticed that people often get us mixed up. It’s not so much that we look alike—we don’t—but that our art practises have proved to be complementary… and our life experiences have a strange resemblance too. Between us, there’s a mutual sense of déjà vu. Véronique was about to spend the Fall of 2009 in France as part of a student exchange. And Catherine had gone through the same experience few years earlier. So we thought, “Couldn’t we try to bring about a déjà vu?” Catherine went back through the photographs that she made during her trip, mailing to Véronique pictures of places and people that she had met. Véronique then tried to rephotograph the images from her own vantage point, in the hope of establishing a connection between what was there and what was not. It became a way of giving value to these stray bits of memory, of bringing two experiences together to create new narratives and fictional worlds.  

[Winter 2011] After a brief stay back in Montreal, Véronique decided to return to France, this time with the intention to settle. There were new beginnings on one hand, and new projects on the other, but we felt that our artistic collaboration was far from over. Which is why we decided to keep the game going, by exploring this shared sense of déjà vu in our ordinary lives. Following the same procedure as the previous fall, we agreed to send each other, every week, one image that captured something about what we were doing and how we were living. There was only one rule: every Sunday, we would have to reconstruct the image in question, but from our respective situations—regardless of how boring or dull some of our days might be.