Subsistences is a collaborative project by Raphaëlle de Groot that addresses different experiences of the land in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec. This project lives in encounters and in moments shared with people.
The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve (QC) lies beyond the 50th parallel, along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This uncommon area is notable for its limestone islands, granite islets and reefs. Developed with inhabitants of the area spanning Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan to Nutashkuan, this project considers the diverse mainland localities facing the islands, as if they were forming a cultural archipelago. Biologists, archaeologists, boat captains and many other community members who are considered as culture and knowledge carriers — these are some of the many people with whom de Groot has spoken, gathering stories and objects that become sculpture and performance. In the travel from place to place, De Groot’s Subsistences expresses adaptability, migration, natural processes and transformation – a multitude of ways to describe our connections to this territory.
Raphaëlle de Groot’s Subsistances, will move from one community to another throughout May and June, 2017 along the Côte Nord coast. From Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan to Nutashkuan the Artist will facilitate performative acts with local communities.