Nayla Dabaji in Carleton-sur-Mer


Documentary Adrift

August 6 to September 6, 2021

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Nayla Dabaji, Montreal, Québec |

Documentary Adrift explores the process that led to the creation of my video work Boomerang. In it, a seaside stroll brings back the memory of a conversation with a friend at dawn in the mountains; a memory that emerges little by little to then find itself imprisoned behind the screen of a newscast. The project draws its inspiration from the idea of shift, the one produced by delays in electronic transmission, owing to a sound/light gap, as well as the one that results from the updating of the past by our memory. Since 2019, and through this project, I’ve been reflecting on different approaches for staging the work process and the non-fixed state of a work. Documentary Adrift received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, was presented at L’Imagier Art Centre in 2019 and was the subject of a sound-research residency at the Oboro artist center in Montreal in 2020. As part of the 12th Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, the exhibit presents the project’s photographic, textual and sound elements in order to explore the memory of a conversation and in so doing generate a consideration of time, the memory, and the simultaneous.”

Exhibition at Rencontres

Documentary Adrift

Beirut-born artist Nayla Dabaji currently lives and works in Montreal. She studied fine arts in Lebanon and media arts in Québec City. Her projects combine a variety of practices ranging from photography, installation and video art to art intervention and writing. She was the winner of the Impressions residency at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2020. Her work has been presented at l’Imagier Art Center (Gatineau, 2019), Dazibao (Montreal, 2017) and at several festivals, including Les Instants Vidéo (Marseille, 2019, 2015, 2014), Les Percéides (Percé, 2018), the international Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) (Montreal, 2017), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, 2015) and Antimatter Media Art (Victoria, 2015). Her visual art creations have also been shown at various art spaces, such as Espace Libre (Biel, 2016), Vu Photo (Quebec City, 2013), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2012), Artsonje Center (Seoul, 2011) and Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, 2009).