FIONA ANNIS
  • Mormorii, 2017
    Detail of score engraved on aluminium
  • Mormorii, 2017
    Galerie des arts visuels - Laval University. Québec, QC
  • Mormorii, 2017
    Galerie des arts visuels - Laval University. Québec, QC
  • Mormorii, 2017
    Galerie des arts visuels - Laval University. Québec, QC
    Link to video

Mormorii

Like a spell or an invocation, lullabies are a set of repeated words and lulling rhythms, an incantation intended to send children to sleep. They are by nature both soothing and hypnotic, inducing shifts of consciousness and acting as portals into the night, into the subconscious, and into the dream world. Practiced since time immemorial, lullabies are found in all corners of the world. They are tender and intimate, most often performed in private settings. Embedded within the melodic suggestion of abandon, lullabies are also coded with folklore, and sometimes tell surprisingly dark stories. This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that began in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together creates a soft murmur, from which the title of exhibition, Mormorii, takes its name. The exhibition combines audio, image, and light components to present an ultimately immaterial collection.

Selected Reviews & Interviews

ESPACE art actuel “Fiona Annis. De l’oralité à l’auralité,” Bernard Lamarche. n°119, spring-summer 2018.
Mormorii. Video interview. La Galerie des arts visuels, 2017.

Acknowledgements

With thanks to the Galerie des arts visuels for giving wings to this previously intangible project and Avatar for their technical support. This project was initiated in the context of an artist residency at Rad’Art Project, an exchange facilitated by la Chambre blanche. This project would not have been possible without the contribution of many participants, including: Senn Annis, Clodet Beauparlant, Petra Carlsson, Fausto Errico, Georgia Giannopoulos, Yasmine Jouhari, Rafaelle Mackay, Isaac Neto, Piera Polci, Fadi Sakr and Carla Sintucci.

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