Documenting the work of the Chinese

Documenter le travail des Chinois

The vast majority of the products that surround us have a point in common : they were made in China. The gallery Language Plus, Alma, this, these days, a series of photos of the artist Kim Waldron, in which she questions our relationship to the global economy.

Empire of the Middle is composed of two projects. The main, Made in Quebec, documenting a residence made by Waldron in 2015. The montreal artist was made in China. The one that is already filed in the federal election against Justin Trudeau, as part of another artistic project, had the intention of giving his time voluntarily to people or businesses.

Documenter le travail des Chinois

Kim Waldron has The middle Empire until the 20th of January, to Language Most.

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She was following one of his hunches. In America, we save time thanks to the work of the Chinese and their means of production. Waldron, in working for them, wanted to make a little bit of time won. She had the intention of documenting these collaborations in a series of photos.

But on the spot, Waldron realized that it is difficult, if not impossible, to put this plan in execution. The language barrier has been an obstacle to the establishment of relations between it and the chinese population.

Documenter le travail des Chinois

In this series of photos, the artist performs several tasks of daily life.

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An interpreter, who participated in the project, it seems, to improve his knowledge of English, which has allowed Kim Waldron not to go home empty-handed. The artist, who wanted to make things with his hands, has established relationships with some of the people who gravitate around the centres of chinese artists.

The thirty photos which is exposed so watch for updates in the scene. Waldron, still dressed in the same gray uniform in the works, is the thread of the series. It performs all sorts of tasks in manufacturing, handles a few jobs. An eye that is not notified would be difficult to distinguish the true from the false.

Documenter le travail des Chinois

In this series of photos, the artist performs several tasks of daily life.

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“She has a gait in which his artistic practice and his life fit together. […] His artistic work comes to affect our guidance, we work a lot on the links between art and life, projects that have a connection with the territory. ”


Mariane Tremblay

Second project

The second part of the exhibition shows a video, Superstar, produced also during a residency in China. The baby of Kim Waldron, who walked around in a stroller, becomes the prey of Asians hungry for photography.

Documenter le travail des Chinois

The exhibition runs until 20 January.

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With an aesthetic of hidden camera, this work makes us reflect on a bent existing property, that of wanting to document it with their smart phone.

For the artistic director of the Language More, Mariane Tremblay, the work of Kim Waldron goes in the same direction as the philosophy of the gallery in the rue Collard, Alma. “She has a gait in which his artistic practice and his life fit together. […] His artistic work comes to affect our guidance, we work a lot on the links between art and life, of projects that have relation with the territory, ” she explains.

The exhibition runs until 20 January.

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