As part of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec, the Canadian Cultural Centre is pleased to present La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée, a monumental work by Quebec-born artist Marc Lincourt.
In 2008, France has chosen to actively participate in the cele- brations of Quebec’s 400th anniversary by proposing a rich programme of activities across the country. The exhibition La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée is part of the numerous large scale events presented in this programme. This occasion celebrates the arrival of the first French settlers from different provinces of France (Perche, Saintonge…) La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée is a significant piece, combining artistic creation and history to attest to this founding journey.
Quebec-born artist Marc Lincourt’s La Grande Vague is a grandiose work shaped by the movement of four hundred books – a metaphor for the history of four hundred families – four hundred French family names established in Canada, in reference to the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec. This symbolic work is fragmented into four hundred parts, for four hundred family names of French ancestry. Each of the four hundred parts is a sealed book, carrier of a story. The superimposition of the letters that seals each book illustrates an entanglement of signs through which a family name appears. Each fragment is raised above the floor and the entire work is presented as an installation in the shape of a large wave: a symbol of the journey undertaken 400 years ago.
Accompanying the exhibition is a series of photographs by Barbara Laborde, bearing witness to the creation process of this work.
The publication “La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée“, presenting the work of Marc Lincourt (Editions Talmart, 2008) accompanies the exhibition and is available at the Canadian Cul- tural Centre. This bilingual publication (English-French, 80 pages) includes essays by Henri Dorion, Marc Lincourt, René Viau as well as photographs by Barbara Laborde.
Le centre culturel sera exceptionnellement ouvert le samedi 7 juin 2008 de 14h à 18h. Vernissage le 27 mai à 19h00.