Opération Nunalivut

Opération Nunalivut installation vidéo sonore en diptyque, 24 min 24 sec

Galerie de l'UQAM, curator Louise Déry.

Deployment presents a body of work undertaken by Emmanuelle Léonard in 2018 during a research residency in the Canadian Far North sponsored by the Canadian Forces Artists Program. A continuationof the artist’s photographic and videographic projects from the past fifteen years, which focused on the hierarchies that form within social, judiciary, military and religious systems, this group of works pursues her interest in the function of authority and the mechanisms by which it is circumvented or undermined.

Observing the exercises conducted to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, Léonard discovered a diverse set of realities: strategic military deployment in a region of the world where the national, political and economic stakes have been raised by global warming; young adults committed to the collective values of the army while remaining intent upon their own personal quest; the Inuit Rangers, without whose contribution it would be useless to attempt to learn how to survive in such cold; the innocence of the soldiers’ awe before the grandeur of the northern landscape.

Despite conditions that make filming extremely difficult, Léonard captured the activities of soldiers shielded against the cold by clothing, face masks and goggles that make them appear sometimes spectral and anonymous, sometimes very real and individual. Turning her attention to training exercisesthat level identity as well as to the participants themselves – their perception of the world independent of the military model – the artist witnessed the waiting and the relative passivity of soldiers confronted with motors that refuse to start in the northern night that is so disquietingly slow to fall, if not entirely eclipsed, where nothing momentous is said, done or claimed.The exhibition also includes two projects initiated in Colombia that establish a curious resonance with the military in the Arctic and between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In one, soldiers secure their observation post in a white mist that hinders their efficiency. In the other, young miners endure theinfernal heat of the isolated desert region of La Guajira to collect snow-white salt. Snow, mist and salt open a space of contrast and dialogue between these images with a highly political charge that evoke the eroding of a precarious world.



Hercule, Winnipeg-Resolute
Hercule, Winnipeg-Resolute , 2019
impression jet d'encres, 152 x 101 cm.

Ranger la nuit, Resolute
Ranger la nuit, Resolute, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 76 x 76 cm. 2019

Soldat la nuit, Resolute
Soldat la nuit, Resolute, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 76 x 76 cm. 2019

Hangar Resolute
Hangar Resolute, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76 cm.

L'arrivée au champ de tir
L'arrivée au champ de tir , 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76 cm.

Rangers et soldat
Rangers et soldat, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 152 x 101 cm.

Le champ de tir
Le champ de tir, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 152 x 101 cm.

La sieste
La sieste, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76 cm.

En attendant le Twin Otter
En attendant le Twin Otter, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76 cm

Paysage Île Cornwallis
Paysage Île Cornwallis , 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76 cm.

Fumée provenant de l'installation du radar AMISR, Resolute
Fumée provenant de l'installation du radar AMISR, Resolute, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76cm.

Travailleurs de la Mine de sel de Manaure, La Guajira, Colombie
Travailleurs de la Mine de sel de Manaure, La Guajira, Colombie, 2019
impression jet d'encres, 114 x 76cm.