Sur le ferryboat, assieds-toi
August – November, 2021
Romane Bladou is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice sits within the expanded field of photography and investigates liminal spaces and our sensorial relationship to place. She practices close looking as she experiences her environment while walking or taking transit. Bladou uses writing, sound, photography and video to record these experiences, and then uses projection and reflection to translate these moments into installations.
This collection of photographs from the series Sur le ferryboat, assieds-toi captures quiet moments of waiting and the anticipation of arrival. Curtain-draped windows and table seating on ferry boats provide a familiar environment that encourages leisurely contemplation while in transit. As a passenger on a ferry, distance marks the passing of time and windows become a frame for this experience. As the landscape drifts by, the frame is continually refreshed with a new view, similar to the cinematic experience of watching a film. Through the window, Bladou documents the way light interacts with the undulating, translucent surface of the water surrounding the vessel, drawing comparisons to the way a windowpane refracts light.
Bladou’s images speak to the understanding of place as transitory and in flux. Sur le ferryboat, assieds-toi invites moments of reflection and slowness while asking us to consider our relationship to place and the multisensorial experience of travelling on water.
Sur le ferryboat, assieds-toi was part of the group exhibition PLACE: A Nomadic Gallery in British Columbia at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2021. PLACE was a travelling exhibition conceptualized by the Nomadic Gallery and presented by the BC Francophone Cultural and Artistic Council of British Columbia. PLACE featured the work of five BC-based francophone artists who address identity and relationship to territory and question the complexities of place, displacement and belonging.
About the Artist | Romane Bladou
Bladou lives and works on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She teaches in the Photography Department at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), Vancouver, where she received her Master of Fine Arts in 2020. Bladou has exhibited work nationally and internationally and published her work in various art and poetry publications, including Float School, published by the ECUAD’s Living Labs, and the Portland Review. Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Art Council and Quebec Art Council.