Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

“Grand salon”, Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site.

Jocelyn Robert has conceived a work for the residence of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Montreal lawyer, Patriote, reformist politician, and architect of Canadian Confederation. A visit to the period rooms created in memory of this eminent statesman elicits many questions. What has become of Cartier’s ideas nearly two centuries after his death, now that his writings have been distorted by time and the context of their dissemination differs starkly from that which prevailed when they were first published? How do the echoes of his thought persist in the testimonials transmitted, or in the period décor of his residence? Jocelyn Robert’s sound-based work was created using the piano exhibited in the living room on the second floor and the sheet music for a song written by Cartier himself: “Ô Canada ! : mon pays ! mes amours !” The notes of the piece are here transformed such that they become echoes of themselves, ripples of memory leading to a loss of meaning and finally silence. Above the piano, a video shows a hand striving to write a text, the motion of which, continuous and uncertain, keeps us in a state of expectancy. One can therefore note, as Zaki Laïdi as written, that unlike “History, which imparts distance and thickness (between past and present), memory seeks to […] update the past by denying the hierarchies of time” (Le sacre du présent, 2000).

From June 22 to August 11, 2019
Opening on Wenesday, June 12, 2019, from 5:30 pm, in the presence of the artist.

458, Notre-Dame Street E. (metro Champ-de-Mars), Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1C8

Open on June 13, 14 and 20 from 1:30 pm to 5 pm
After June 22 : Wednesday to Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm

Admission fees:

Adult – $ 3,90
Senior – $ 3,40
Young – Free