Madras

Excerpt from the video "Women's prayer ", a first manifestation of the Madras project by Nadia Aït - Saïd, produced in the context of "Offerings", as part of a project called Mawita'jig on Aboriginal art.    Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague, Carleton- sur-Mer (QC), 2012, in collaboration with the curator France Trépannier and the videographer Estelle Marcoux .

MADRAS is the name of this new project consisting of thousands of scarves.  I am collecting used scarves around the world to create a visual arts installation. Each scarf has its history, its sacredness, its secret. You can participate in this project and be part of it by offering a scarf that you or a loved one have already worn and is part of your story. You can also include its history. This gesture of giving away a scarf is an invitation to symbolically overcome an inner veil.

A madras is a brightly colored silk and cotton fabric.  It evokes the silkworm that made it,  as well as its transformation from larva to butterfly, thus illustrating a liberation process.

The  scarf  is  a  simple and meaningful object in the social, political and cultural context  -  whether the religious veil, the headscarf worn by the person with cancer, one the one used by coquetry or as a mark of cultural identity - will symbolically be used in this project to represent this theme.

How to participate ?


You can participate in this project by offering a scarf that you or a loved one have already worn and is part of your story. You can also include its history.


You can simply send you scarves directly to the artist:


     - by mail : 25 route Hamilton, Pabos, Québec, G0C 2H0

     - to a depot in Quebec :


Montreal :


La Centrale galerie Power House, 4296 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal

Le MAI, 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal

Bibliothèque interculturelle, 6767, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal

Maison de la culture Mercier, 8105 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal

Centre d'exposition Lethbridge, 2727 Boulevard Thimens, Saint-Laurent

Studiocaravane, 6262 rue St-Hubert, Montréal

Petites-Mains, 7595 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal

Centre option-Voix, 9823 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal


Gaspesie :


Centre d'artiste Vaste et Vague, 774 Boulevard Perron, Carleton

Centr'Elles, 105 route 132 Est, Saint-Omer

Femmes en mouvement, 152-A, avenue Grand Pré, Bonaventure

Femmes "Entre-Elles", 440, rue commerciale Ouest, Chandler

Céramique de Choix, 46 Boul. Pabos, Pabos

Pub Pit Caribou, 182, route 132, Percé

La Vielle Usine,  55, rue à Bonfils, Anse-à-Beaufils

Café des Couleurs, 1004 QC-132, Barachois

Musée de la Gaspésie, 80 Boulevard de Gaspé, Gaspé

Regroupement des Femmes de la Côte-de-Gaspé, 1-189 rue Jacques-Cartier, Gaspé


Eastern Townships :


Sporobole , 74 rue Albert, Sherbrooke

Centre culturel de Brompton, 1 rue Wilfrid-Laurier, Sherbrooke

3e impérial, 164 Cowie, Granby

Arts Sutton, 7 Rue Academy, Sutton

Centre Culturel de Frelighsburg, 1, place de l'Hôtel de Ville

2nd floor of the Grammar School, Frelighsburg


Quebec region :


La Chambre Blanche, 185 rue Christophe Colomb E, Ville de Québec

Galerie Ni Vu Ni Cornu, 10005 Avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré


Abitibi :


Centre d'Exposition d'Amos, 222 1re Avenue E, Amos


Outaouais :


AXENÉO7, 80 rue Hanson, Gatineau


Îles-de-la-Madeleine :


Regroupement des femmes La Sentin'Elle, 216 Ch. de Gros-Cap, Cap-aux-Meules



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