TEXTING SYRIA—MESSAGES TEXTES POUR LA SYRIE

LIAM MALONEY

TEXTING SYRIA—MESSAGES TEXTES POUR LA SYRIE

Maison de la culture de Rivière-des-Prairies
  • CAM Touring Program
© Liam Maloney

Maloney is a Toronto based photographer, artist and documentary filmmaker. His work examines forced migration and the intersection of technology and intimacy in times of war. His immersive installations have been widely exhibited. Texting Syria was selected for the Moving Walls exhibition of the Open Society Foundation in New York (curators: Susan Meiselas / Magnum and Stuart Alexander Christies). The project received the Dazibao Prize during Montreal's Mois de la Photo (2015), The Post-Photographic Condition (curator: Joan Fontcuberta). The exhibition was also presented at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and at the 2016 Photoville event in Brooklyn. Maloney's work is part of the MOMA's exhibtion Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016). The Nobel Peace Center presented Texting Syria in Oslo as part of Detours, a group exhibition (2017). Liam Maloney is RISC-Battlefield Medical Response certified. He is equipped to work in hostile environments and is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register.

Liam Maloney

TOURING CALENDAR

Centre culturel de Notre-Dame de-Grâce
Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
October 19 - November 25, 2018
6400, Monkland Avenue
Montreal (Quebec) H4B 1H3

Salle de diffusion Parc-Extension
Villeray / Saint-Michel / Parc-Extension
December 6 - January 20, 2019
421, Saint-Roch Street 
Montreal (Quebec) H3N 1K2

Maison de la culture de Rivière-des-Prairies
Bibliothèque de Rivière-des-Prairies
Rivière-des-Prairies / Pointe-aux-Trembles
January 26 - March 24, 2019
9001, Perras Boulevard
Montreal (Quebec) H1E 3J7

Centre culturel de Pierrefonds
Pierrefonds / Roxboro
March 30 - May 26, 2019
13850, Gouin West Boulevard
Montreal (Quebec) H8Z 1X6

26 January 2019 to 24 March 2019

Maison de la culture Rivière-des-Prairies is hosting the exhibition Texting Syria in the context of the Touring Program of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Held in 2015 as part of Montréal's Mois de la Photo, selected by Galerie B-312 among various proposals of the curator Joan Fontcuberta, this exhibition tackles the issue of the refugee, a topic that has not ceased making headlines for some time now. 

In 2013, shortly after the start of the civil war in Syria, Liam Maloney photographed refugees living in a makeshift camp in Lebanon. At dusk, using their mobile phones, they communicate with their relatives in Syria. The artist captures moments of intimacy where images and text messages exchanged carry life, death, suffering and hope. In the darkness, the cellular light becomes a true metaphor for the intensity of the drama that is being experienced. At the heart of this humanitarian crisis, smart phones become vital tools for informing, organizing and moving around. The exhibition highlights how mobile technology is transforming the way war is experienced and mediated.

By offering an intimate look at the refugees, the artist Liam Maloney challenges us directly. The question of migrants, far from being over, raises deep ethical, moral, societal and territorial questions and divisions. Indifference is out of question. Have a good visit!

CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL TOURING PROGRAM
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