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(8 -30 April, 2021)

Superimposition is the act of arranging two or more things on top of one another. In geometry, the superimposition of two figures aims to demonstrate their equivalence or their perfect coincidence. By extension, we superimpose two concepts to signify their accretion, or their correspondence. The superimposition of ideas or elements can conceal or reveal: in either case, the outcome is the reading of two or more elements together, one through the other.


This month on Quarantined Museum, we propose a reflection on superimposition as a conceptual and technical strategy. This theme was inspired by an exhibition currently on display at the Musée. In his Somebody Nobody Was..., Kaska Dena artist Joseph Tisiga superimposes both narratives and objects. In the series No Home in Scorched Earth, for instance, he uses watercolour to retouch large-scale photographs printed on wood, which he then covers in plastic wrap meant for packing. The images document a performance by Tisiga during which he refers to his own mixed identity and to that of an intriguing and controversial figure, the Englishman Archibald Stansfeld Belaney (1888-1938). Better known as Grey Owl, this environmentalist before his time immigrated to Canada at the age of 17, then forged a Scottish and Indigenous heritage and pursued a career as a successful speaker and author.

With this call for participation, we invite you to consider superimposition as a technique and a strategy for reflection. What objects in your everyday life can be perfectly superimposed upon one another? Do you know artists who work with collage? What happens, for instance, when one superimposes two mediums, like sculpture and photography? Or two gels of different colour? How do you describe the effect of an exquisite cadaver? Is history not the superimposition of stories? Is accumulation a source of joy for you, or of anxiety? Are layers of meaning for you things to delve into? To peal away? To flatten?


Each month, the education team of the Musée d'art de Joliette offers a free activity open to all in the René Préville Family Educational Area at the MAJ, in connection with the theme of Museum in Quarantine. For those who wish, we will scan your creations and display them! 

Click here to learn more about the René Préville Family Educational Area

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