6 degrés, territoires de narration at Le Labo

6 degrés, territoires de narration, Nuit Blanche 2023 at 401 Richmond © Dyana Ouvrard

6 degrés, territoires de narration

Exhibition: March 8 – 31, 2024
Opening & Performance: March 8, 2024, 6pm ET
Le Labo, Toronto

Artists: Julie Lassonde, Sophie Dumesny, Éveline Boudreau, Noémie Roy, Laura Demers, Eléonore Donati, Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski , Martine Côté, Habibata Ouarme, Chantal Leblanc, ImageFatale and Shahla Bahrami
Curator: Dyana Ouvrard
Performance: Geronimo Inutiq

6 degrés, territoires de narration is a participatory artistic project that explores identity, dissects intimacy, and challenges the obscure boundaries of patriarchy through the magic of words.

Brought together under the curation of Dyana Ouvrard, Canadian women artists intersect their pens in a poignant narrative. This project, noticed during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2023, involves the public, inviting them to continue the correspondence and amplify the voices of women refusing to be silenced.

Tchadors de l’oeuvre Zan O Soozan de Shahla Bahrami © Taymaz Valley

The Exhibition

The exhibited works reveal fragments of lives, shards of truth, evoking a deep resonance of justice. Each word composes a note in the symphony of compassion, calling for the cultivation of a desire to participate in a common project.

The exhibition offers a reassuring idea, that the voices resonating here are not just heard, but understood with attention. It is an anthem to mutual understanding and a celebration of the diversity of experiences.

At the heart of this gathering, Shahla Bahrami’s engaged media work comes to life, seamlessly integrating into the collective installation.

  • Lettres en gravitation
    Sophie Dumesny, Éveline Boudreau, Julie Lassonde, Noémie Roy, Laura Demers, Eléonore Donati, Saïda Ouchaou Ozarowski, Martine Côté, Habibata Ouarme, Chantal Leblanc and ImageFatale | CANADA | 2023 | Letters and sound recordings
  • Zan O Soozan
    Shahla Bahrami | CANADA | 2021 | Double videoperformance | digital | 6:56 MIN
  • Mur Tribune (2023)
    CANADA | 2023 – 2024 | 164 letters of unknowns

Read the letters in digital version.
Listen to them in audio version.

Opening | Performance I’m calling home of Geronimo Inutiq | DJ Set

March 8, 2024
Opening: 6pm – 7:30pm ET
Performance: 7pm – 9pm ET
DJset: 9pm ET – late

At the opening, discover Geronimo Inutiq’s performance-discussion with the five first artists of the project, Julie Lassonde, Sophie Dumesny, Éveline Boudreau, Noémie Roy, and Laura Demers, in partnership with l’AGAVF. The evening also features a DJ set by DJ Muzikfatale and Geronimo.

The Artists and the Curator

Dyana Ouvrard is a bilingual emerging curator in Toronto. Her work explores the intersections of geography and art, fostering critical inquiry into the world’s mechanisms. She challenges traditional approaches to art as the executive director of Le Labo artist-run centre, prioritizing collaborative exploration over productivity.

Noémie Roy is an author, multidisciplinary artist, and teacher from Quebec. She published her first poetry collection ‘Parmi celles qui flambent’ (Les Herbes rouges) in 2021. Her work explores themes of transformation, including aging, healing, and connection.

Julie Lassonde is a performance artist from Montreal with a focus on subjects such as gender, intimacy, socio-legal norms affecting daily life, and performance-related processes, such as repetition. Trained in physical mime, Julie has presented solo performances and improvisations in various cities across the world.

Sophie Dumesny, a multidisciplinary artist, is passionate about experimenting with diverse mediums, particularly media art and cinema. She’s currently working on her first feature-length documentary, La Censure du Poil, examining taboos surrounding female body hair.

Éveline Boudreau, a multidisciplinary artist specializing in performance art, explores identity, technology, and violence against women through dynamic conversations, sharing her concerns collaboratively.

Laura Demers, a Franco-Ontarian artist and independent curator in Toronto, examines urban and rural ecologies, resource use, and knowledge transmission through her work. Co-founder of the self-managed gallery the Plumb, she explores the changing materiality of our environment.

Éléonore Donati is a bilingual cultural worker in Toronto. She worked at Le Labo as an art administrator for two years. She is now a French teacher.

Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski, now in Toronto after 20 years in Vancouver, delves into Canada’s cultural diversity through films like Pluri’Elles and Demain, nous parlerons tous chinois. Her latest work, À pleine voix, challenges stereotypes about Muslim women in Canada.

Martine Côté, born in Quebec, merges her background in saxophone and commerce with her passion for photography. Known for capturing the tranquil essence of the land, she draws inspiration from Quebec’s winter landscapes and artists like Rita Letendre, Jean-Paul Lemieux and Hilla Becher.

Habibata Ouarme is a Canadian filmmaker of Ivorian and Burkinabe descent. Her first documentary, KOROMOUSSO – BIG SISTER, confronts female genital mutilation. Actively supporting immigrant and racialized women, she’s now crafting her first short dramatic film, drawing from her unique perspective and heritage.

Chantal Leblanc, a Métis artist, graduated with honors from Central Technical School. Specializing in textures and sculpture, she works with clay, mosaic, and stained glass. In 2008, she founded La Muse Art Studio, where she teaches visual arts and shares her Indigenous roots.

ImageFatale aka Karen Vanderborght, is a Belgian-born creative director based in Toronto, specializing in technology and storytelling. With a background in media art and underground cinema, she now leads VR and AR productions.

Shahla Bahrami, an Iranian artist in Ottawa, co-founded the Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelles and has exhibited globally, winning the First Prize at the 2002 Art and Paper VI Biennial. Her work, addressing themes like women and war, reflects her deep engagement with Iranian culture.

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Le Labo – Toronto’s Francophone Media Arts Center

Le Labo is a place in Toronto where French-speaking artists gather to learn and create, acknowledging the traditional territories of the First Nations. Situated on land governed by the Toronto Purchase Treaty, encompassing the territories of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Credit River Mississaugas, and the Métis Nation, Le Labo gives voice to marginalized artists, fostering truth, healing, and reconciliation.

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401 Richmond Street W, Studio 277
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
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