(b. Sorel, Quebec, 1947)
Les dessous de l’Histoire : Marguerite B., les écrits
[History’s Hidden Side: The Writings of Marguerite B.]
Acrylic on canvas
300 x 875 m (overall, 426 paintings)
Anonymous gift, 2004
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection, 2004.583
© Monique Régimbald-Zeiber. Photo: MNBAQ, Patrick Altman
Les dessous de l’Histoire : Marguerite B., les écrits [History’s Hidden Side: The Writings of Marguerite B.] is composed of 426 small paintings assembled on a wall in a way that suggests a series of woven placemats. Monique Régimbald-Zeiber inscribed each of them with the surviving autobiographical writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), which attest the participation of women in the founding of New France. In so doing, the artist echoed the gestures of the copyist nuns who ensured the transmission of the texts for posterity. Evoking trace and memory, the writing is partially obliterated or hidden by checkered patterns and spots that resemble bits of fabric or animal hide.
Pursuing an interest in the relationship between image and text, Monique Régimbald-Zeiber studied Russian literature and visual arts. From 1992 to 2012, she taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques. As a painter, she pursues an approach that questions the way the gaze and history are constructed. She draws inspiration from the writings of women who have marked history. Les dessous de l’Histoire : Marguerite B., les écrits was shown for the first time in the 2004 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal exhibition We Come in Peace: Stories of the Americas.
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In L’Histoire illustrée [Illustrated History], Raphaëlle de Groot, like Monique Régimbald-Zeiber, questions the construction of history and its representations. This installation was part of the 2004 exhibition We Come in Peace: Stories of the Americas, at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It presents a collection of images from Canadian history books published in the 1950s, grouping them into categories like “figures looking into the distance” and “figures carrying a gun.” The illustrations are displayed along with a video of De Groot in performance and a table holding a mass of salt dough left to crystallize over time.