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By Marlon Kroll

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Photo: Marlon Kroll

Nesting is a public engagement project developed by Marlon Kroll in conjunction with the exhibition Stan Douglas: Revealing Narratives.

Inspired by the sensations of inhabiting a body, Nesting is an installation conceived to be experienced from two points of view. Inside the PHI Foundation’s Education room, visitors will encounter tall partitions covered in oilskin, an archaic waterproof coating that is achieved by brushing layers of linseed oil and beeswax on canvas. While the gestures carried out to produce it mirror the act of painting, oilskin evokes an impenetrable flesh-like membrane, in this case covering a built structure whose insides, like a body, cannot be seen from the exhibition space. Outside, from the vantage point of the street, looking in through two of the Education room’s windows, Nesting shows itself in a different light, revealing a situation that emanates from the interior of the installation.

Through this project, Kroll reflects on notions of transformation and the materiality of being, and the ways in which architecture limits access, either by creating a singular point of view or by imposing physical limitations on space.

Kroll’s installation will serve as the basis for a creative activity, which will be offered to groups after a guided visit of Stan Douglas: Revealing Narratives, as part of weekend workshops. Echoing both the recursive nature of memory and his installation, participants will each be invited to draw, from memory, a key moment of their lives, and through “visual telephone,” translate these drawings into something entirely new. By drawing something after the fact, instead of recopying it directly, the activity evokes Douglas’s translation of historical facts through the act of photographic (re)presentation.


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Marlon Kroll: Nesting – Installation

March 16 May 22, 2022

Nesting is an installation conceived to be experienced from two points of view: from our Education Room and from the street

Event Contemporary Art


Marlon Kroll
Marlon Kroll is a German/Canadian artist living and working in Montréal. He holds a BFA in Ceramics from Concordia University and is one of nine laureates of the Darling Foundry’s 2019-2022 Montréal Studio Program. He was the 2020 recipient of the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists.

Recent exhibitions include Stress Tested, Public Gallery, London; A Chronique Fear, Marvin Gardens, New York, 2021; Rifts, hovels, a sighing tide, Afternoon Projects, Vancouver, 2021; La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, 2020; At the centre of my ironic faith, Cassandra Cassandra, Toronto, 2020; Red Sky at Morning, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, New York, 2019; Thirsty Things, Clint Roenisch, Toronto, 2019.

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Stan Douglas: Revealing Narratives

February 19 May 22, 2022

The PHI Foundation will present the Canadian premiere of Douglas’s series Penn Station’s Half Century, and for the first time in Québec, the Disco Angola series

Exhibition Contemporary Art