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 :
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
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
Centre d'Exposition d'Amos, 222 1re Avenue E, Amos
AXENÉO7, 80 rue Hanson, Gatineau
Regroupement des femmes La Sentin'Elle, 216 Ch. de Gros-Cap, Cap-aux-Meules