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Caroline Monnet

2015 00:03:00 CanadaColorStereo4:316mm film


Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Over every landscape, in all conditions, everyday life flows with strength, skill and extreme competence. Hands swiftly thread sinew through snowshoes. Axes expertly peel birch bark to make a canoe. A master paddler navigates icy white waters. In the city, Mohawk ironworkers stroll across steel girders, almost touching the sky, and a young woman asserts her place among the towers. The fearless polar punk rhythms of Tanya Tagaq’s Uja underscore the perpetual negotiation between the modern and traditional by a people always moving forward.

 Mobilize is part of Souvenir, a four-film series commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to address Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives.

This title is also available on the compilation What Was Always Yours and Never Lost.

About Caroline Monnet

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. 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 films. Her work has been programmed internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), TIFF (CAN), Sundance (US), Aesthetica (UK), Palm Springs (USA), Cannes Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Axenéo7 (Gatineau), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), Division Gallery (Montreal) and the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation residency in Paris. Her work is included in numerous collections including Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Gallery, RBC Royal Bank, and Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal. Recent exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto Biennale of Art 2019. Upcoming exhibitions include the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University and a museum solo show in December 2020 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. She is based in Montreal and represented by Blouin-Division Gallery.

Caroline Monnet est une artiste multidisciplinaire de Gatineau basée à Montréal. Après des études en sociologie et en communication à l’Université d’Ottawa (Ontario) et à l’Université de Grenade (Espagne), elle poursuit une carrière en arts visuels et cinéma. Ses œuvres ont été présentée au Palais de Tokyo (Paris) et à la Haus der Kulturen (Berlin), au TIFF, Sundance, Cannes, Aesthetica (UK), Axenéo7 (Gatineau), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada et le musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal. En 2016, elle est sélectionnée pour la prestigieuse résidence de la Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes à Paris. Son travail fait partie de nombreuses collections, dont le Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, la Galerie d'art nationale, RBC Banque Royale et le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Elle faisait récemment partie de la Biennale du Whitney et la Biennale d'art de Toronto 2019.

photo credit: Ulysse Del Drago