Experimental documentary video work and artist’s book (89p.) co-produced with Vidéographe (Montreal) and Jeunes Volontaires (Quebec).
By the end of the 1800s, the region”s old growth forests had all been logged. And in an area that was since kept deforested by agriculture, farms have been abandoned for the last century, and continues to be. Ross documents the (re)emergent cultures of the area by giving voice to its people, animate and inanimate, a polyphonic throng of voices, often in song. Queer male sexuality finds a sanctuary among the trees, among the loup-garou and the sìthean. Audio artifacts give agency to non-humans too, recordings of flowing sap, running airplane and automobile motor. The artist traces a history of place from invasion and deforestation through to the contemporary abandonment and return of the diverse biotic community. The forests were there before the farms, and now they return.
‡ Montréal, Québec (2012)
Installation at Galerie SKOL as part of a solo show, The Apparition of the Wild
‡ Book and DVD available at Art Metropole (Toronto); Librairie Formats Bookstore (Montreal); Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal); Concordia University Solidarity Bookstore (Montreal); Monastiraki (Montreal)