Arko Preeka


Arko Preeka

Curator—Rachel Echenberg


  • Exhibition
© Monique Moumblow—Arko Preeka, 2009, Galerie B-312—Photo: Paul Litherland

Arko Preeka is the first event in the series Animals and Children – a curatorial project organized by Rachel Echenberg – that brings together performances, videos and installations throughout the spring and fall of 2009. The artworks presented attempt to re-direct social behaviours and assumptions about human nature by playing with becoming other than human or sharing control with children or animals. The artists included in this series create their work from an embodied viewpoint; the work does not distance itself from the subject through memory or fantasy, but physically links itself with the particular other.—Animals and Children will continue in the fall with Darren O’Donell, Marcus Coates, Vida Simon, and a film/video screening featuring the work of Paul Leyton, Noemi McComber, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Milos Tomic and many more.

Montreal based artist Monique Moumblow was born in Hamilton, Ontario and received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992. Her single-channel videotapes have screened at festivals and galleries throughout North America and Europe. Her most recent work, Six Years was presented at Galerie Optica in January. She is currently completing her MFA at Concordia University.

Rachel Echenberg is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in performance and video. She has curated several art projects from her position as an artist.

30 April 2009 to 30 May 2009

—Opening  30 April 2009 at 5 PM


Monique Moumblow has five-year-old twin girls in the midst of learning language and social skills. Arko Preeka is a phrase made-up by the twins that had deep emotional meaning to the girls yet remained elusive to others. By titling her exhibition after their unique linguistic invention, Moumblow frames her work within the multiplicity of meanings possible inside and outside of language. There is a constant play between control and chaos in the videos and installation that make up this exhibition. The girls’ presence in the works highlighting and sometimes upsetting the structures their mother attempts to create.—All the works unfold in minimal architectural spaces that emphasize restrained movement. In the small gallery, a video projection of the girls being presented with two tricycles welded together back-to-back leaves one wondering if they will be able to negotiate the altered bike. A large wall cutting through the main gallery is set with two small doors, built to scale for the artist’s daughters. By creating the possibility for movement within the solid wall, the identical doors become functioning passageways that viewers are invited to squeeze through. In a second video projection, the strange stillness of a living room is heightened by the fact that the artist is standing inside a large cardboard tube.

—Summary of a text by RACHEL ECHENBERG

30 April to 30 May 2009 : Monique Moumblow—Arko Preeka
12 September 2009 : Vida Simon—Leopold
22 to 27 September 2009 : Darren O’Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex)—Haircuts by Children
8 to 10 October 2009 : Suzanne Joly— Prendre mon T avec elle…
12 November 2009 : Soirée vidéo—Avec des artistes du Canada et de l’étranger
14 November 2009 : Vida Simon— The Suit/ L'habit