After sitting down with tenants, landlords, property owners, members of organizations defending the rights of tenants, activists, city inspectors, urbanists, and politicians, Veronica and Sofia now enter Phase 2 of their investigation to create performance entitled The Address.
Audio interviews are at the basis of this ethnographic and documentary performance created by VISIBLE. For months now, the artists have been sitting down with people from different identity positionalities, who are involved in or affected by, Côtes-des-Neiges’ housing situation. Learning about social issues through individuals’ firsthand experiences is an imperative in the collective’s research process.
We feel tremendously activated by our interviewees’ standpoints and stories. We are extremely grateful for the trust they have place in us, in this artwork. Soon, you will be able to listen to their interview and also engage with their experience as they will themselves be facing you in The Address.
Although mostly listening to individuals whose Right to Housing is presently being denied, and to folks and organizations working for the recognition of this right, VISIBLE (due to the investigative nature of their practice) also interviewed individuals whose positions of power, actions and jobs contribute to this city-wide public health issue. For example, the artists interviewed individuals who are involved in the gentrification of the borough, others who are indifferent or against affordable housing initiatives as well as some who do not sustain and maintain their own dwellings and buildings. VISIBLE also interviewed municipal and provincial workers and law practitioners who deal with tenancy and property rights and regulations. Most of these interviewees wished to remain anonymous, yet the information they provided will allow VISIBLE to devise a work of art that can engage its public in concrete localized reflection and action.
The Address, co-produced by Amplifier, is made possible thanks to the generous support of:
The Amplifier Group, Les Mécènes Investis pour les Arts and the Montreal Arts Council, the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal grant, the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, and the Theater engaging communities program of the National theatre school of Canada.