Personal Belongings, a piece made by Maria Ezcurra, Art Mediator with the Faculty of Education, in collaboration with Nuria Carton de Grammont, will be on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until June 23, 2019 as part of Connections: Our Artistic Diversity Dialogues with Our Collections.
Personal Belongings is the fruit of a collaboration between artist Maria Ezcurra, who frequently explores the mental, physical and emotional ramifications of emigration in her work, and Nuria Carton de Grammont, an art historian specialized in Latin American and Latino Canadian contemporary art. This piece looks at personal and cultural identity through the lens of memory, belonging and migration. 21 Quebecers who emigrated from 21 countries across the Americas tell their stories through a personal object that played an important part in their immigration process. Bringing these testimonies together on an interactive platform, the artists invite us into the journey of members of the Latin American and Caribbean communities, as told in their words. In doing so, they involve the participants in the decision-making process that determines the narrative of their histories and cultural identity. By establishing a dialogue between the contemporary objects presented by the participants and the objects of the Museum’s collection, this project reveals the personal, artistic and sacred value and the journey of each item – two elements that are often unknown in archaeological objects."