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Pentadécagone: 10 visions on five compelling themes

The exhibition will run from Feb. 7 to March 1, 2019
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180 Projects and BRAVO present pentadécagone, a digital art exhibition of five artists duos: five Canadian artists paired with five African artists of newcomer communities. Ten visions on five compelling themes.

The contents of the works are both a reference to francophone Ontario and Africa. African ideas refer to the French Canadian idea and vice versa. The duos are:

  • Luce Marquis (Moonbeam, ON) et Aminata Farmo (Niamey, Niger)
  • Doris Lamontagne (Québec, QC) et Komi Seshie (Lomé, Togo)
  • Laurent Vaillancourt (Hearst, ON) et le père Cyrille Rigobert Ogbabo (Bangui, République Centre-Africaine)
  • Raymond Aubin (Gatineau, QC) et Zana Soro (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Nancy Brandsma (Ottawa, ON) et Kalula Kalambay (Kinshasa, République démocratique du Congo)

The digital exhibition consists of 10 LED screens, each showing a video on five ideas, but promoted by two different cultures; ten distinct works are shown, hence the title "penta (for 5) deca (for 10) and gone (for sides)." The ten artists went to draw, in their own way, on their respective traditions in order to allow the community to reflect on five powerful following questions:

  1. Do animals have rights? A vision of the Peul people towards cattle and a Canadian vision on antispecism.
  2. A critical look at the sacred: Christian amulets and African charms (gris-gris).
  3. Mission: the Canadian "little brother" in Africa, the African priest on mission in Canada.
  4. Values bequeathed as a legacy.
  5. Old people viewed by Canada and Africa through the theme of abandonment.

The opening will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at 180 Projects gallery in Sault Ste. Marie (180 Gore Street). This is a free event.

A show not to be missed.