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Monique Moumblow
From January 17th 2009 to February 21st 2009
Six Years

I’m lying in bed.
I can’t sleep but the time passes quickly.
When I look at the clock it’s 2:03, when I check a few seconds later, it’s 2:45.

It will be morning soon.


A woman is woken by a doorbell. When she gets up to answer it, there’s no one there. The next morning the entire house smells of sour milk. She brings her daughter to school. The hours pass.

The woman’s thoughts appear as subtitles on the screen. A voice attempts to simultaneously translate these subtitles into Swedish. The voice hesitates, stumbles and sometimes fails. The gaps between thoughts and words fill the empty rooms of a small house.

Six Years is the second in a series of Swedish language works by the artist. (Sleeping Car, 2000). For the artist, Swedish, a language she neither speaks nor understands, has become an adopted language. It is a way to narrate a story and to distance oneself from that story. Speech becomes sound. Errors are made in the translation. Words which are always imprecise become more so. What remains is no coherent thought, no absolute or perfect text.
-Monique Moumblow

Monique Moumblow lives and works in Montreal. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992 and is currently completing an MFA at Concordia University.

Moumblow’s videotapes have screened at festivals and galleries in North America and Europe, including the Centre d’art contemporain de Basse- Normandie, the Festival international du court-métrage (Clermont-Ferrand), Impakt (Utrecht), and The International Short Film and Video Festival (Oberhausen). Her videos have won prizes at The Images Festival (Toronto) and L’immagine leggera (Palermo) and are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Netherlands Media Art Institute.