Series of ethnographic and documentary performances on the Right to Housing in Montréal.
The Address is a series of performances I co-created with theatre artist Sofia Blondin. This work was commissioned by the ethnography group Amplifier. The Address invited hundreds of Montrealers to dive deeply into issues pertaining to the Right to Housing in the city. Different stakeholders were brought in to share their experiences regarding the housing situation in Côte-des-Neiges borough of Montreal. Taking place in a transformed education centre in the Triangle, the public assisted in live presentations by tenants, owners, community actors, activists, inspectors and urban planners on this multifold issue. By sharing their personal and social reality directly with the audience in an interdisciplinary format (oral history, documentary, video installation and live performance), The Address became a circular and critical space where residents living in the area could discuss and moreover mobilize together in an attempt to deal with the urgent challenge their communities and families were facing. Elected officials assisted to a performance which led among other things to the launching of an investigation by the city into a series of rooming-houses that were targeting newly arrived immigrants in the city.
The Address was co-produced by Visible Art Collective (Veronica Mockler and Sofia Blondin) and Amplifier. It was informed by the 360° ethnography project Amplifier led in the summer of 2017 in Côte-des-Neiges.
Visible Art Collective would first and foremost like to thank Bénéwendé, Anna Maria, Bakr, Ismael, John, Line, Aida and Ahmed for partaking in The Address and sharing their experiences, thoughts and expertise with Montrealers.
The Address would not have come to life without the artistic and technical contributions of Émile Lafortune.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Cégep Marie-Victorin for welcoming us into their space. Visible Art Collective would like to thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal's Patron of the Arts Prize and the Theatre Engaging Communities Program of the National Theatre School of Canada for their financial support in this project.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Chloé Brooks, Maxime Bourbonnais, Charlie Carpentier, Sophie Catherine Dick, Juliette Hudon, Isabelle Kalar, Jean-Christophe Leblanc, Anastasia Lucic and Lalaina Rakotoarisoa for their volunteering and magic.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Côte-des-Neiges, Centre Turbine, Centre communautaire de Loisirs de la Côte-des-Neiges, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Corporation de Développement Communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges, École secondaire Lavoie, Femmes du Monde à Côte-des-Neiges, Maison de l'innovation Sociale, OEIL de Côte-des-Neiges, Relais de Côte-des-Neiges and Toi moi et café, for their support in this project.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Aden Collinge, Amina El Badraoui, Amélia Blondin, Annick Geoffroy, Annie Lapalme, Arthur Auradon, Benjamin J. Allard, Bruno Canavarros Girard, Dominic Morissette, Fréda Thélusma, Gabriel Lajournade, Joëlle Leblanc, Julie Beaudoin, Julien Deschênes, Julienne Garant, Kevin Mockler, Luc Tardif, Marc St-Cyr, Marie-Ève Morissette, Marie-Madeleine Sarr, Michaella Hébert, Patrizia Vinci, Patrick Beaudoin, Salamata Kinda, Sandrine Lemieux, Sean Mockler, Sir Zacharie DeLareau and Violaine Desrosiers for their help in this project.