Caroline Monnet / Montréal

Photo : Ulysse Del Drago


Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She is based in Montréal and represented by Divi- sion Gallery. She studied in Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and film. Her work has been programmed internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Whitney Museum (NYC), Toronto Biennial of Art (Toronto), Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary (NYC), Axenéo7 (Gatineau), National Museum of Fine Arts (Québec) and the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation residency of the Festival de Cannes in Paris.

Photos : Jean-Michael Seminaro

Creatura Dada

Monnet uses visual and media arts to demonstrate a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work is often minimalistic while emotionally charged and speaks to the beautifully intricate limbo of indigenous peoples today. Creatura Dada presents six powerful native women who gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it. Descending from a matriarchal line, she wishes to rewrite a contemporary mythology where it is women who tell history. Monnet is committed to the idea that "art is a way of coping with trauma and reversing it", she adds: "I want to use it to break the cycle of victimization, shame and brokenness. I want to be proud of my identity and use that pride to move forward.

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