Katherine Melançon

Katherine Melançon’s practice is interested in the intersection of the natural and the technological. More recently, she has been exploring non-human beings’ agency; what could become of the world of art, if it was created with non-human people? Often using the starting point of scanography of natural specimens, she plants these new seeds in various materials, exploring images’ fluidity through cycles of metamorphosis between physical and digital soils. Katherine holds an MFA from Central Saint-Martins in London, UK, and a BA in digital media from Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and Europe. In 2022, she was named on the Sobey Art Award long list. She lives and works in Montreal.

Image: Katherine Melançon, Nature morte Un million d’horizons (detail), 2017, laser-engraved ceramic, 10 x 13.5 in. Photo: Jean-Michel Seminaro.

EXHIBITION: Garden of Broken Shadows

June 24, 2023 - August 5, 2023

Curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia, Garden of Broken Shadows features works by Lamis Haggag, Katherine Melançon, Ahmed Naji, Anahita Norouzi, and El Rass. In a transglobal world, race and class are the basis of any immigration system. Through the use of organic material, text, sound, and technology, these artists manifest the ways in which one could survive and adapt within new environments. The exhibition interweaves these practices, producing a temporal space in which visitors can experience the possibilities of being both here and there — in both Canada and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) — simultaneously. 

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