Amélie Laurence Fortin



Amélie Laurence Fortin lives and works between Quebec City (Canada) and Warsaw (Poland). Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, art fairs, festivals, and is part of private and public collections in Quebec and in Europe. In 2020, thanks to a CALQ Studio residency in Berlin, an invitation from Werktank (Leuven) and support from Recto-Verso Productions (Quebec City), she produced SUNBURST, an exhibition project that will tour Europe and North America until 2023. Over the past decade, exploration, territory and time have become the main pillars of her artistic practice. Using the inherent limits of each exhibition space as a scenographic and conceptual starting point for her projects, her practice is oriented towards multidisciplinary installation.

About the artwork

Period of Revolution (2021), Amélie Laurence Fortin

Sculptural installation and digital prints.

Period of Revolution is a project declined in two complementary elements: a large sculptural set and a pictorial intervention, more discreet. On one hand, a huge industrial fan is installed on the floor. Its very large blades rotate extremely slowly and continuously. As a counterpoint, a small light circle illuminated by LED acts as a micro satellite in gravitation – a star orbiting a vector of time deceleration. Then, on the other hand, there is a series of digital prints with phrases such as: “Saturn’s period of revolution around the sun is about 29 years”, in a minimal, black on white graphic design. Presented in distinct places along the exhibition route, these two poles of the project respond to each other through distance, like an intersidereal echo. 

The work speaks to us of slowness as a temporal decelerator: of the instant as fleeting and a moment for stopping, as well as of the principles of relativity and perception. As a phenomenon peculiar to human existence, how does time influence our experience of the world? At a time when our daily realities are disrupted – think of the slowing down in activities, and sometimes the halt imposed by the pandemic situation in several countries of the world for nearly a year – it seems appropriate to reconsider our relationship to time from a more sensitive angle, linking its scientific reading to our personal experience, and to try to reposition ourselves through its passage that sometimes escapes us.