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Eve Tagny

Histories of Private Life


The internal and external rituals of preparing a dinner party in a glass house insulated by snow are the base of Eve Tagny’s performance score, three dancers flowing together, in and out of sequence, through the Grantham Foundation’s landmark building. Threading together cinematic long-sequence takes, Tagny choreographs encounters of greeting and departure, gathering and dispensing, communing and celebrating. These scenes of modern life, mundane but beautiful, bring into tension the natural and the human built, the barreness of winter and the plenitude of fruit and vegetables, as well as the circadian rhythms of a short February day. This sequence of movements culminates with the effrevescence of the night, a candlelight dinner, lively music, and relaxed dance.

Eve Tagny is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based artist. Her practice considers gardens and disrupted landscapes as mutable sites of personal and collective memory — inscribed in dynamics of power, colonial histories and their legacies. Weaving lens-based mediums, installation, text and performance, she explores spiritual and embodied expressions of grief and resiliency, in correlation with nature’s rhythms, cycles and materiality.