Nomadic Identity, Memory and Fictions
In this age of globalization and mobility, artists born from a western and a non-western migrant parent often address issues of mixed identity and double cultural heritage. As they are simultaneously "us" and "them", their artworks destabilize discourses of exclusion while raising complex notions of (be)longing. They explore questions of identity through personal and social aspects, and from different cultural and religious perspectives confronted to the American dream and way of living. I'm interested in how their art constructs identity through memory, constantly shifting between past and present. Social symbolic order, which gives an identity to the individual who exists only through the absence and exclusion of the "Other", is problematic in such cases. I will also look at how mass culture and consumer society shape collective identity and construct the subject‘s identity, blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction. Rosi Braidotti's concept of the "nomadic subject" and Trinh T. Minh-ha's work on multiculturalism will be used to analyse the multiplicity found within an individual.
Claude Lacroix is Professor of Art History at Bishop’s University and Lecturer at the Universlté de Montréal. Following his experience as a scriptwriter for Cybermuse, the National Gallery of Canada’s Website, he got interested in the impact of new technologies on art and museology. He is the author of “L’expérience du musée virtuel”, in Hypertextes. Espaces virtuels de lecture et d’écriture (2002), “L’oeuvre d’art. Du musée au site Web”, www.chairemetal.com (2001), and “Art Museum Websites: The Lure of Museums without Walls,” www.unites.uqam.ca/AHWA (2000). His current research looks into questions of mixed identity and multiculturalism in an age of globalization of art and greater mobility for artists.