The Society of Affective Archives

Founded in 2010 by artists Fiona Annis and Véronique La Perrière M., The Society of Affective Archives is an entity dedicated to artistic collaboration, the production of affective archives and the conservation of peripheral knowledge. Projects realized by The Society of Affective Archives include exhibitions, artist books, video installations and performances, as well as the creation of permanent public artworks. Their projects have activated unexpected spaces including natural history museums, public libraries, national parks and urban industrial spaces. Recent recognitions include the acquisition of a sculptural installation by the Museum of Civilization of Quebec City, the inauguration of a major public artwork at the Tiohtià:ke Otsirà’kehne Park in the heart of the city of Montreal, and a current public art project for the medical library of a major hospital in Montreal.

L’étreinte des temps, 2019

Permanent public artwork for the park Tiohtià:ke Otsirà’kehne in Montreal, Quebec
Inauguration : October 2019
Bronze sculpture and landscaping
Realised by: The Society of Affective Archives (Fiona Annis, Véronique La Perrière M. and Nadia Myre)
Collection of the Bureau d’art public de la Ville de Montréal
Photographic documentation by Guy L’Heureux and Marc-Olivier Becotte

Situated in the heart of Tio’tia:ke island (also known as Montreal, Canada) the Mont-Royal park has been known since time immemorial as a site of meetings, exchanges and contemplation. Very ancient graves, as well as a contemporary cemetery, testify to the sacred nature of this territory. In the spring of 2018, the Mont-Royal park welcomed for the first time in half a century a new permanent public artwork on the landscape. Realized by three artists of different cultural backgrounds, the sculpture L’Étreinte des temps gives voice to the heritage of the mountain by evoking the history of the site and drawing inspiration from ancestral knowledge. Inspired by the form and medicinal properties of the willow, an ancient remedy against pain, L’Étreinte des temps is an invitation for the present moment to join with and protect all the yesterdays and tomorrows.

Full brochure text by Anne-Marie Proulx

Interview with Éric Clément in La Presse

Film : L’Étreinte des Temps
Direction : Maxime Pelletier-Huot and la Société des archives affectives
In collaboration with le Bureau d’art public de la Ville de Montréal
World premier at the Festival international du film sur l’art
Screening : Friday March 22, 2019 at 8pm
Centre of Canadien Architecture – Théâtre Paul-Desmarais – Montreal