Céline Condorelli: In the Light of What We Know
In the Light of What We Know is the second artwork created by Céline Condorelli for the in-between spaces at Remai Modern. It is a sculpture, a piece of textile art, a curtain and a frame around our view of the South Saskatchewan River and the city of Saskatoon, situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. It builds on the invitation to play, rest and reflect proposed by Condorelli’s Conversation Piece (Spinning) on Level 2.
Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.
June 29, 2023
Level 3 Lounge
Carousels and curtains are not typical features of modern art museums, but Condorelli is inspired by how both art and the standards for its display have evolved over time. We associate curtains with homes where they create warmth, privacy, intimacy and style, not with the formal, muted and angular spaces of public art institutions like Remai Modern.
Textiles have been associated with women artists across cultures and time. Condorelli acknowledges the connection between textiles and women’s work, playing with scale to create contrast between hard and soft, public and domestic, visible and hidden, muted and joyful at Remai Modern, and to offer a soft, bright space for pausing between exhibitions.
The colourful curtain reframes and filters, rather than represents our view of the South Saskatchewan River in the Northern Great Plains landscape. The artist encourages us to reflect on how these lands are represented—and by whom.