From May 15 to August 21, 2022
Jennifer Alleyn, already an established cinematographer, is venturing into other artistic practises, namely installation art and photography. Her work focuses on how memory can recall lost objects. Le catalogue des traces, her current exhibition, is inspired by her own family background. Alleyn is the daughter of a Swiss immigrant and she addresses the difficulties newcomers face when arriving in Quebec, whether that be coping with a sense of loss or overcoming challenges. Based on a number of interviews with immigrants in which she asks what things they had to abandon when leaving their country of origin, the artist has come up with a list of ‘objects left behind.’ She then invited local residents to be part of her artistic endeavour, asking them to come up an object from their own home that might relate to something on her list. Interestingly, the objects proved to highlight the commonalities between human beings, not the differences, resulting in a dialogue between the two groups of people. Alleyn has won a number of prizes for her film work, including the price Création awarded by the Observatoire du cinéma au Québec (OCQ) (in conjunction with the faculty of Arts and Science at Université de Montréal).