Red Hook : Wards of Imaginaries aims to explore the neighborhood existing architecture in areas facing fast coming changes to create a body of visual works using photography, drawing and digital image manipulation. The creative process includes visual archives (official or not), stories, and testimonies about Red Hook heritage buildings to create artworks.
Visual narratives are created from locals about heritage sites that are in danger of being transformed, demolished or are abandoned in the neighborhood: any buildings that are significant for the local population: unusual buildings, aging apartment blocks, former naval buildings, abandoned sites, etc.
The outcomes of the project will be presented in Redhook to the local community in an upcoming talk and will later be part of their next exhibition in Montreal, Canada. Resulting artworks and collaborations can also be part of a larger whole, helping to foster memories of the neighborhood.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mathilde Forest and Mathieu Gagnon are two Canadian visual artists based in Montreal. Working together since 2014, they are interested in architectural fictions and the collective imagination surrounding the vacant spaces. Their recent works have been presented mainly in Montreal and Quebec (Centre Clark, Oeil de Poisson, Engramme) and in Asia (Japan, Nepal).