The Sisterhood of Dream – Les drapeuses

March 11, 2017

A project from Sylvaine Chassay with Joanne Marcotte, Julie Sarrazin, Marie-Jeanne Brouillette, Sophie Aubry and Véga Claret.

In The Sisterhood of Dream, the artist brings together people from all backgrounds who want to share their dreams in a small group and live a common experience. Dreams, wishes, fantasies, ambitions, any form of dream is welcome!

During the meetings, dreams are exchanged, shared, mixed, interwoven, to create texts to print on sheets of color. Follow nap periods by using these sheets/texts as blankets. They are used for what they are, simple sheets, but also as decorative elements to be hanged on the clotheslines of an alley, or to create temporary tents in front of the trailer-office of DARE-DARE. The goal here is to inject dreams into the collective sphere and to use them as vehicles or witnesses of common experiences.

Thus, some dream parts are introduced into this former working class district where a textile factory has produced so many bed sheets for decades...


Sunday, October 30 and November 6, 2016, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
On both banks of the Lachine Canal, near the footbridge (behind the Atwater Market)

Saturday 11 March 2017, from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm
In the Parc des Marchands-de-Bois (at the edge of the Lachine Canal, at the corner of the streets of Lévis, Rufus Rockhead and Charlevoix)

Saturday, November 12 from 11:30 to 15:30
In front of DARE-DARE trailer

Artistic statement

For more than 20 years, Sylvaine Chassay's work has been at the junction of contextual and participative art, while drawing inspiration from new media. Multiform, it is expressed through installations, interventions in situ, in socius and performative actions. Our Western human condition and evolution are the focus of his concerns. She observes, examines and questions our way of life, our frustrations, our collective and individual values, including herself in this process as much as her contemporaries. The result is works in the form of proposals for participation.

Each project starts with an intuitive schedule from which she conduct a specific field research. These explorations lead her to find the heart of the project, around which the other components of the work are gradually articulated. The issues of transmission, memory, communication, attention to others and to oneself are her main concerns, which she shares with participants during the creative process or, depending on the project, during its presentation. Artwork.

After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (UQAM, 1994), Sylvaine Chassay completed her graduate studies in France, where she lived for ten years. Her works have been shown in several countries including England, Denmark, Canada and Japan, at events, symposiums, exhibitions, and public places. She is a recipient of CALQ and Sodec scholarships, and has been actively involved with Quebec-based artist-run centers since returning to Montreal.

Past Projects

February 8, 2017
January 22, 2017
January 1, 2017
December 10, 2016
November 23, 2016