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PHI Centre 407, Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

1 PM to 5 PM
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Please note: this event will take place at the PHI Centre, located just a few steps away from the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.
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Performative encounter with artist Jacqueline van de Geer as part of the PHI Montréal 2024 exhibition

Becoming is a non-linear drop-in performance from Jacqueline van de Geer. Feel free to visit this performance anytime during the afternoon.

We live in an era where growing old is considered something to be avoided. But yet, if we want to keep on living, aging is unavoidable

Which memories and stories are collected inside us and inside our societies? What are the narratives that inform our lives, our fears, our hopes in general? What stories and histories are passed on to us by the elderly?

Be welcome at the round table to exchange stories around aging, to share personal and collective memories and observations on the changes we have lived so far. As a starting point, Jacqueline will take you into her own memories with objects, pictures, records and more!

This event is part of Becoming Sparkling, a project from Jacqueline van de Geer that shines a light on seniority, with the wish to blend generations together in a celebration of life.


Jacqueline van de Geer is Dutch and moved to Montréal in August 2005. She was born in Rotterdam, a place scarred by two bombings during the Second World War. Growing up in a city that was always being rebuilt informed her process, for which she has developed a 'do a lot with almost nothing' ethos. Intimacy and reconnection are key to her work, which aims to open up participants’ collective experience. Everyday life, Dada, surrealism and personal memories are key inspirations for her work.

Becoming Sparkling

During the residency, Jacqueline offered a series of workshops to groups of French- and English-speaking seniors. Among other things, participants took part in automatic writing and collage exercises, aimed at constructing an individual subjective narrative to which memories of events over the past 70 years were linked. The groups also posed for a photo session aimed at revealing the beauty of the golden age, often hidden in our society's quest for perpetual youth. Traces of these workshops will be activated in a performance by Jacqueline, as well as in an intergenerational dance activity.

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