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Ramona Ramlochand
From September 10th 2005 to October 15th 2005
White Desert

“Memory is to one what history is to the other, an impossibility. Legends are born out of the need to decipher the indecipherable. Memories must make do with the delirium, with their drift. A moment stopped would burn like a frame of film blocked before the furnace of the projector.”
– A quotation from one of the letters written to the narrator of Sans Soleil by ostensibly, the director of the film, Chris Marker.

This project is like a delirium of moments caught and reassembled into my own — for lack of a better word — history, the impetus of which began in the White Desert, a region of the Western Sahara. While there, I felt as if I had stepped onto the set of an epic film — a feeling that is always with me when I am in a foreign environment. Equally, however, when in foreign environments, my thoughts tend to wander back to familiar things, to commonalities — perhaps seeking some semblance of normalcy amid the chaos of the new and unfamiliar.

Thus, in the digital ink-jet prints in White Desert, the lamp post outside my house (in Canada) becomes the light that hovers like an alien spaceship while the white jeep symbolizes the “safe house” for travel and tourism, and perhaps even “home” (a word, for me, that carries more unbearable weight and lightness than I care to admit). In Triumph: reversing forward, the dashboard of the Triumph TR6Triumph TR6 itself substitutes as an automated flaneur. The third installation, Maquette for Filmic Moments, replicates the other works on a smaller scale, providing a more intimate epic, if such a thing exists.

This cyclical body of work blurs the edges of place, and, in so doing, creates a new visual/geographic reality. The fragmented pieces become echoes of a place that no longer belongs to the “whole” but is at once very much part of it. In turn, these fragments become snapshots of the interior of the subject who no longer belongs to a particular space, a subject “un-bordered,” interpenetrated, blowing in the winds of the diaspora.
- R. Ramlochand

Bibliographie
- Ardenne, Paul, «Ramona Ramlochand : White Desert», Artpress, no 319, janvier 2005.
- Crevier, Lyne, «Ramona Ramlochand», Ici, 29 septembre - 5 octobre 2005.
- Tousignant, Isa, «Visual», Hour, 1er-7 septembre 2005, p.6.
- Wai Jim, Alice Ming. «Ramona Ramlochand : White Desert», Image & Imagination. Ed. Martha Langford. Montréal : Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, 2005, pp.53-56.