LOCATION: Ste-Thérèse de l'Enfant-Jésus, 8200 rue St-Hubert (entrance of bazaar on rue Mistral), Montreal, H2P 1Z2
OTHER DATES: Saturday May 9, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday May 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Credos is a series of table-top presentations around the theme of beliefs (or, credos; also root word of credit) to be held in church bazaars around Laval and Montreal. The theme of belief is important because of the curiously anachronistic-feeling centrality it has in debates around the proper identity of Western democracies today. That sounds exaggerated, but just think of the discourses around refugees, “Canadian (and Quebec) values,” laïcité (secularism) and the lurking white supremacism and lurches toward ethno-nationalism sweeping across Europe and North America. If, in some small playful ways, we can open up the possibility for a plurality of perspectives and questions on belief in art, we might approach de-sanctifying and expanding identity, which may be another way to access the sacred. As such, the market context refers tongue-in-cheek to ideas of religious economy, where adherents are understood as consumers of religions, along the lines of supply and demand. However, the intention is not only to offer a range of competing pitches nor to belittle religion as consumerist magic trick. We also want to explore with artists and market goers what value belief plays in the experience of art works, in a vernacular space that doesn’t always obey strict market laws—after all, we love flea markets precisely because they overturn standardized market values. The participants in Credos engage the air of negotiation, curiosity and good faith that characterizes these spaces.
Michael Eddy is an artist and writer working across various disciplines and media, including performance, drawing, writing, and installation. His interests lie in rhetoric and decision making, in negotiations of autonomy, and in questions relating to experience and value. Eddy frequently works in collaboration with others, the longest-term of which is the collaborative trio Knowles Eddy Knowles. From 2010 to 2013, he was co-organizer of the independent artist-run space HomeShop in Beijing. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. Eddy is a resident in the Darling Foundry's Montreal Studios for 2019-2022.
Contributions from: Vincent Bonin, Cliff Eyland, Mina Hedayat, Asako Iwama & Derrick Wang, Craig Leonard & Michael Fernandes, Sean Lynch, Pak Sheung Chuen, Alessandro Rolandi, Jamie Ross, and others.