CATHERINE RONDEAU

ancient stone temple invaded by tree roots

Culture, legacy of humankind

• FROM ANGKOR TO KAMOURASKA •

After a long pause this summer, far from the computer screen, travelling with my family in South-East Asia, filling my eyes and spirit with life on a different beat, it’s now time for me to pick up the thread of this blog. Though I’ve been quite busy since my return on various projects, it’s been mostly a lot of groundwork. Like many artists, an important part of my job is to regularly prepare and send out exhibition proposals in hopes of landing shows. I’m expecting many responses soon and keeping my fingers crossed. I already have one confirmed exhibit for 2018 at the Maison culturelle et communautaire Montréal-Nord. More details will follow…

As for the exhibition of my Northern Crossing series that was scheduled for this fall at the Centre d’art de Kamouraska, it was unfortunately cancelled, along with other events of the 2017 season. With the reduction in subsidies from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ) – a direct consequence of the decrease in credits to the CALQ by the Gouvernment of Québec –, the very mandate of the center is now at stake. If for the time being the artistic educational program is maintained, the next edition of the “Rencontre photographique du Kamouraska” – which has been an annual event for nearly a decade – has been deferred to 2019. To have such a beautiful exhibition space that has proven so dynamic be crippled and threatened is not only disturbing, it’s downright nonsense. I sincerely hope solutions will be found soon to allow the Centre d’art de Kamouraska to pursue its mission as a major cultural actor in the the lower St.Lawrence region.

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