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Vue de l'exposition de Clément de Gaulejac, _Les naufrageurs_, 2015.

Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs
Children’s exhibition

2015.09.03 - 12.05


Tour schedule
(This exhibition is not anymore available)

January 19 to March 25, 2018 Centre d'exposition de la Ville d'Amos (Abitibi)

CAM en tournée - Maisons de la culture de l’île de Montréal

April 22 to June 11, 2017 Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

January 21 to March 5, 2017 Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles

November 5 to December 11, 2016 Maison de la culture Mercier

September 10 to October 30, 2016 Centre d’exposition Lethbridge, Bibliothèque du Boisé

July 4 to August 11, 2016 Galerie Les Trois C, Centre Henri-Lemieux LaSalle

Once upon a time, there was a modern people. One day, its men and women said to themselves: “Let us raise a tower, atop which we shall light a beacon that will be seen from anywhere; that way, we shall always know exactly where we are in the middle of everywhere.” So they set to work right away. The finished tower wasn’t quite straight, but could be clearly seen. Its builders were happy. Life would be better from then on, they thought…_

A lighthouse calling to mind a Tower of Babel, a one-eyed drill, and a clandestine grocery basket are some of the figures imagined by Clément de Gaulejac in his visual and sound installation created especially for young audiences aged 8 to 12. In a world at once playful and enigmatic, the artist invites us to reflect on the myths that structure our understanding of the world, exploit our ability to make them our own, and—why not—reinvent them. How? Using a clever blend of humour, metaphorical inventions and linguistic games—de Gaulejac’s preferred tools for confronting the challenges of the modern world. Mediation activities specially designed for young and old alike accompany the exhibition and allow visitors to reflect, through play and subversions of meaning, on the paradoxical power of language, that remarkable tool for communication that remains a perpetual source of misunderstanding.

This project benefits from the financial support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Ville de Montréal under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal. In partnership with La mauvaise tête, La Maison Théâtre and CIBL.


In parallel to the exhibition project, Clément de Gaulejac published Les tailleurs d’histoires aux éditions La mauvaise tête.

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Clément de Gaulejac, _Siren Songs_, illustration, 2015. Avec l'aimable permission de l'artiste.