The artwork on display for the exhibit Intersections encourages the audience to reflect on what it means to be a senior in an urban environment. As the public and private identities of the participants expand to encompass a new senior status, questions of access, understanding, and infrastructure must be revisited. Scrutinizing their place in the city, the artists invite visitors to look closely and deeply, as in The Digital Literacy Project at Atwater Library‘s series, “Canada Under a Microscope,” or the photographs by residents of the HLM Durocher and Du Fort who share the view from where they stand on the streets of the city. Zooming out to reflect on the big picture, La Ruche d’Art Saint-Henri / The Saint-Henri Art Hive presents their vision of an ideal city built around a miniature model of the mountain, and the NDG Seniors’ Atelier contributes meaningful spaces and structures to the design. Flags made by members of AIDS Community Care Montreal hang high as a testament to pride and resilience. ACT‘s “Aging (wo)men + Their world” is a video installation that gives visitors a sense of time, while a gamepad co-designed for users with Parkinson’s disease will offer a sympathetic sense of touch.
The artists, researchers, and community members showcased here constitute an experiential journey through the inevitability of aging and the ambiguity of growing old. Within the predetermination of the city’s street map, this exhibit will serve as a reminder that each intersection both presents a choice, and serves as a progress marker on our journey.