Noémi McComber

New Flags for old Monuments

May 1, 2011 - June 4, 2011

Noémi McComber’s interest in monuments and national emblems is through re-examining their place and pertinence in the face of today’s geopolitical and social realities. She will take over different historical monuments within the quartier des Faubourgs using performative interventions that play with the signs and symbols claiming to reflect and represent the collective and Quebecois identity of local communities. She will realise a series of interventions with the help of several collaborators, of reconfigured flags and of various accessories like nets, banners and badges. These actions will aim to put into question the characteristics of monuments: their placement, their reason for being and their historical significance. Thus, McComber will challenge these historical icons with new symbols from contemporary culture, Quebec folklore and local realities.

Noémi McComber lives and works in Montreal. She received a Masters in Visual Arts and New Media from Chelsea College of Art (University of the Arts), London, UK, in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in London (UK), Nuremberg, (Germany), and in Vienna (Austria) in 2003, Athens (Greece) in 2004 and Moscow (Russia) in 2006. In Quebec, her work has been shown at L’Oeil de poisson and at the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts in 2007, at La Centrale galerie Powerhouse in 2008 as well as galerie B-312 in 2009.

To attend the actions:

Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 pm, Vauquelin Monument, Vauquelin Place (just above place Jacques Cartier Place) 150 Saint-Antoine Street E.
Metro: Place d’Armes

Friday, May 13 at 3:00 pm, Monument to John Young
333 de la Commune Street W (at the intersection of Saint Pierre and d’Youville Streets).
Metro: Square Victoria

Monday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, Monument to Queen Victoria, Victoria Square
Saint-Antoine Street W (near McGill Street)
Metro: Square Victoria

Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 pm, Monument to Chénier
In front of metro Champ-de-Mars and Viger square.

For questions or to meet the artist contact Janick Rousseau at

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Past Projects

April 13, 2011
Damien Beguet
November 17, 2010
September 27, 2010
Karen Kraven
September 17, 2010
August 28, 2010