Sara A. Tremblay — Paule Mackrous

[Summer 2021]

Tout t’empêche
Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal, en ligne / online

By Paule Mackrous

While we are recluses in our regions, neighbourhoods, and homes, the pandemic has shrunk the parameters of our living environment, and we are constantly confronted with its limits. It’s what author Cristina Comencini has called “a test of truth.”1 It has led to a wave of migration to rural regions2 and a marked enthusiasm for food autonomy.3 Sara A. Tremblay’s Tout t’empêche emerges in this unusual context. During the 3 fois 3 virtual residency organized by the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal, she developed a “virtual essay” about her daily life on her small farm in Orford.

The essay, exhibited via Instagram, is punctuated with videos and photographs of harvested flowers, fruits, and vegetables, which are then placed on a large piece of white canvas attached to a barn and covering a table. As these “offerings” are placed on what seems to resemble an altar, the ritualized dimension of the gesture is revealed…


See the magazine for the complete article and more images: Ciel variable 117 – SHIFTED