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Communal Aesthetics | Works by Ne Rougissez Pas! (France)

Communal Aesthetics | Works by Ne Rougissez Pas! (France)

DATES: Friday, November 25 – Sunday, December 11, 2016 (EXTENDED)
OPENING/VERNISSAGE: Friday, November 25, 2016, 7:00-10:00 PM
INSTAGRAM: @possworldsshop | #nerougissezpas!
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Possible Worlds presents a sampling of works in this "satellite show" by graphic art collective Ne Rougissez Pas! (France), who are participating in the exhibition Pendant ce-temps là en France at Galerie UQO. It will be the first time this collective has shown in Canada. The exhibition is curated by Valérie Yobé, Director of the École multidisciplinaire de l'image at UQO (Université du Québec en Outaouais).

Ne Rougissez Pas! is a seven-member all-female collective that brings together visual artists, designers and makers. Their aim is to develop a collaborative and mobile artistic practice linking citizens with their environment through the co-construction of their surroundings and the transformation of their city, towards a communal aesthetic allowing a heightened appreciation of everyday life.

Collaboration, sharing, immersion and imagination are central to their approach. By exploring work and production processes unique to each situation, region and encounter, the members of the collective become content creators circulating between different skills and expertise, such as graphic design, devices, installation, education, bookbinding, silkscreening, film, and signage.

Questions that drive their work include:

  • What is the place today of the citizen within the city? What is the “dream city”?
  • How does one move throughout public space? How does one transform it?
  • How do we live together? Meet/surprise/intrigue one another? How do we share our skills and knowledge?
  • How might dreams be the driving force of our society? How might our individual and collective experiences allow us to build it?

The members of the collective are:
Sophie Bergier, Visual artist
Léa Chantel, Film artist
Julia Chantel, Graphic artist
Colette Ducamp, Graphic artist
Maryam Douari, Graphic and visual artist
Estelle Henriot, Book artist
Sarah Medalel, Coordinator

*Curatorial text translated by Possible Worlds Co-Director, Melanie Yugo

To view more art works by Ne Rougissez Pas! and six other French graphic artists and collectives, check out Galerie UQO’s exhibition Pendant ce-temps là en France, from November 16 to December 3, 2016.  Opening night/vernissage is Wednesday, November 16. Location: Université du Québec en Outaouais, Saint-Jean-Bosco campus, 101 Saint-Jean-Bosco Street (Enter through doors 11 & 16), Room A-0115, Gatineau, Québec. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 PM, Saturday 1:00-4:00 PM. This is the first time that these French artists and collectives are showing in Canada.

*All photos from Ne Rougissez Pas!'s website