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Carl Trahan
From January 11th 2002 to February 16th 2002
Exposition collaborative

Project developed in collaboration with Josée Blanchet, Dmytro Chraiman, Bernadette Houde, Jean-Ernest Joos, Maria Pasik, Gwenaël Rattke, Svetlana Sinitsina, Steve Topping and Lynne Trépanier.

We are invited to move through a conduit composed of three mediums – photography, sound, film – that successively confront us to an image of the body, to voice, and finally gesture. However none of these experiential moments is self-sufficient, nor do they even complement one another. Faces stand out against a neutral background and refer to no identifiable event; rich and seductive voices, yet out of body and context, speak almost about nothing save language; moving gestures overflow with meanings, silently bespeaking an encounter whose significance has been lost. Everything here is being played out in blanks and interstices.

Pursuing his reflection on formlessness, Carl Trahan ponders over the phenomenon of interlanguage, the singular formations – or deformations – that arise from precarious attempts at passing from a mastered language to one in learning. The sounds produced are located somewhere between failure and creation, the incredible and the understandable.

In order to attempt the impossible and grasp these momentary works that are closely related to a singular voice and a unique encounter, the various dimensions of the speech experience are thus dissociated. In the interstices produced, one will be able to experience the disarray, the bedazzlement, the discovery and the wandering felt by those who find – and lose – themselves between languages.
- Jean-Ernest Joos

Project developed in collaboration with Josée Blanchet, Dmytro Chraiman, Bernadette Houde, Jean-Ernest Joos, Maria Pasik, Gwenaël Rattke, Svetlana Sinitsina, Steve Topping and Lynne Trépanier. Participants are interdisciplinary artists (photography, painting, sound, film, video, installation...), fashion designers, linguists, philosophers. They have lived in the Ukraine, Russia, Israel, France, Germany and the USA. They speak French, English, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, German, Spanish and Arabic. They all live in Montréal. Carl Trahan’s work has been presented among others in Montréal (Skol, Clark), Rouyn-Noranda (L’Écart), Toronto (Mercer Union, A Space) and Kelowna (Alternator). This project is dedicated to Nathalie Richer (1967-2001). Carl Trahan wishes to thank the participants for their support and generosity, as well as Bertrand L'Abbé and Karina Mariano.

Bibliographie
-Delgado, Jérôme, «Indéchiffrable et pourtant… », La Presse, samedi 19 janvier 2002
-Lamarche, Bernard, «À marquer de pierres blanches», Le Devoir, 19-20 janvier 2002, p.C10.
-«Fast Forward», Canadian Art, vol. 18, no 4, hiver 2001, p.20.