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Mementos (Odette Théberge)
Event organized by Ville de Gatineau
Odette Théberge. Memento 10, burned books, acrylic, and lead typography letters, 22 x 12 x 3 cm, 2016 © Odette Théberge/SODRAC 2018.

The auto-da-fé (destruction by fire) was used to protest, censure, banish and erase the past. Books still are destroyed today: those that are not sold are pulped; others are discarded, abandoned due to lack of space or loss of interest. In an age of digital publication, the works in Mementos remind us that books are material objects. These burned books denounce the threatened disappearance of the paper book. Sealed under painting, words and letters are hidden, preserved, precious and immortal. Some are even trying to escape… Is there any hope of that?

Vernissage on January 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited, admission is free.


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