Building on her previous multi-media installation, The Stars Are Dead but Their Light Lives On, this exhibition crystallizes the artist’s practice of exploring existing materials, images, and technologies in search of new meanings. In the case of Mormorii, Annis creates a charged encounter by remediating an archive that is fundamentally immaterial in nature. The artist activates the viewers’ senses in such a way that, when standing in the center of the installation, “the whole body begins to vibrate, accompanied by a slight shiver.”** The re-presentation of matter as intimate as lullabies into an amplified multi-channel environment is far from being a cold display of technological disembodiment. Rather, it constitutes a radical transformation of transmission that touches a powerful chord. Immersed in a field of lullabies, the installation is a strange and deeply moving experience that evokes presence through absence, a thousand times whispered.
– Excerpt from the essay by Véronique La Perrière M.
**As Bernard Lamarche describes in his review of Mormorii : « À activer nos sens de la sorte, et considéré la charge émotive des chants entendus, c’est tout le corps qui se met à vibrer au sein de cette installation, traversé par un doux frisson. » See: Lamarche, Bernard. Fiona Annis. De l’oralité à l’auralité. Espace art actuel, 2018.
Fiona Annis lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Her practice includes a wide range of media to explore tensions between concept and material and to select the processes and rhythms that amplify the ideas underpinning each of her projects. Fiona has exhibited in museums, artist-run centres and university galleries across Canada and internationally. Her artwork is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the City of Ottawa Art Collection, and the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Fiona continues an ongoing collaboration with The Society of Affective Archives, with projects that include a large-scale public art commission in the City of Montreal. Fiona is currently the recipient of a fellowship from the Brucebo Foundation to begin a new project at the Observatory and Museum of Astronomical Instruments in Naples, Italy. http://fionaannis.com/