Joanne Poitras / Rouyn-Noranda

Photo : Noël Neveu


An artist in visual and media arts, Joanne Poitras lives in Rouyn-Noranda. From early on in her practice, she has been bringing art to life at artistic events both in Québec and abroad. Multi- ple CALQ grant recipient, she is actively involved in the development of arts in Abitibi-Témis- camingue. Co-founder of the Atelier Les Mille Feuilles in Rouyn-Noranda, and initiator of the Biennale internationale d’art miniature (BIAM) in Ville-Marie, Joanne Poitras is also lecturer at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Photos : Étienne Boisvert & Jean-Michael Seminaro

Ce que le feu m'a apporté

La structuration de ces formes d’empilement m’entraîne dans des mouvements giratoires, dans des gestes sans cesse répétés, dans un rituel où se transpose le verbe croire.

The theme To believe is encompassed in my artistic work and in the process of gathering different materials, their transformation and their placement in space. The collection of works presented at the 2020 BNSC deals with the history of a territory and a community, and more largely, of human beliefs in the face of eternity.

My sculptural installations bring out the shapes of the assemblage in an upward movement. Each of these mound tells its own story. Human quests, beliefs and desires are embodied within the various stacks of materials and their companion video projections. On the one side, double structures of slag "refer to the history of the mining industry, its behaviour towards the environment, as well as a citizen point of view."1 On the other side, ruins of a burnt-down church organized in a knoll/hill of charred relics, of pop culture and locally made objects.

The structuration of these mounds carries me along a wave of gyrating movements, of endlessly repeated gestures, in a ritual where the verb believe is transposed.

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