Resolute Bay is an extraordinary territory in which two markedly different six-month seasons alternate, one dominated by day, the other by night. The summer of 2004 was spent gathering information on Resolute Bay and its inhabitants: various documents, filmed interviews, photographs of houses, exploration of the local environment, etc. A second journey was undertaken the following winter during the period of prevailing darkness. During this second visit, a monumental, open-air projection screen made of packed snow was erected in the public space of Resolute Bay. On this screen, the images of Resolute Bay collected in the summer of 2004 were projected in continuous sequence. This screening event was itself filmed and edited to produce a work entitled Journey of a day into the night. It represents the connection between two displacements, two seasons, two very different moments in the life of Resolute Bay
L'abri / The Shelter
The Shelter offers an exploded view of a cabin which visitors can walk around and enter. The four photographic sides are covered with resin and supported by an aluminum and wood structure and offer a look into an isolated shelter used by the Inuit youth of the village. Inside the cabin, the Resolute Bay video is presented on four monitors installed on a crate. In the version exhibited at the Musée de Picardie, L’Abri (The Shelter) sits on an immense gravel platform representing Cornwallis Island where Resolute Bay is located.
Resolute Bay Digital video, 2011 Duration: 11 minutes The Inuit of Resolute Bay describe the troubled past of this village which was artificially created by the Canadian government in 1950. Accompanied by images of contemporary life in the summer of 2004.
Voyage sur jour dans la nuit
Projection vidéo hivernale et nocturne sur la place publique de Resolute Bay en mars 2006. Voyage du jour dans la nuit est aussi le titre d’une oeuvre vidéo numérique relatant cette projection sur le mur de neige en mars 2006. Durée : 6 minutes
Journey of a Day into the Night
A night-time video presentation, in winter, in the public square in Resolute Bay. March 2006. Journey of a day into the night is also the title of a digital video of that presentation, projected on a wall of snow in March 2006. Duration : 6 minutes
Qausuittuq « un lieu sans aube » / « place with no dawn » (version 1)
Qausuittuq « place with no dawn » (version 1) 6 photographs of the village of Resolute Bay printed directly on sheets of plywood and installed on three sleds symbolizing migration and nomad life. The prints are covered with epoxy resin.
Qausuittuq « un lieu sans aube » / « place with no dawn » (version 2)
Qausuittuq « place with no dawn » (version 2) Photographic sculpture Plywood, diode, inkjet printing on backlight, authentic Inuit sled. The qamutiik (sled) comes from Inukjuak (Quebec), just like the first inhabitants of Resolute Bay. It is loaded with 24 crates containing images of Qausuittuq, the Inuit name of Resolute Bay which means “place with no dawn”. The qamutiik belonged to Markoosie Patsauq, author of Le harpon du chasseur (Presses de l’Université du Québec). The artists wish to thank the Avataq Cultural Institute and, in particular, Louis Gagnon, who made it possible for us to acquire the qamutiik.
Maisons et bâtiments 27 impressions jet d’encre sur contreplaqué de bouleau blanc. 44 x 60 cm Les photographies de maisons et bâtiments de Resolute Bay témoignent du mode de vie actuel de ses habitants. Le contreplaqué étant très pésent dans ces images, ce matériau a été choisi comme support d’impression.
Houses and Buildings 27 photographs on white birch plywood. 44 x 60 cm. The photographs of houses and buildings of Resolute Bay bear witness to the present living conditions of the inhabitants. As plywood was ubiquitous in these images, it was chosen as the support material for the prints.
Crayon de plomb et graphite sur papier Vinci. 74,5 x 105 cm Six dessins au crayon de plomb et graphite représentent des «PIEDS» de maisons : c’est-à-dire des cales faites de bois ou d’acier qui supportent ces constructions sans fondation venues du sud.
Lead pencil and graphite on Vinci paper. 74.5 x 105 cm Six pencil and graphite drawings of the wood and steel foundations supporting the houses brought in from the south.