Josée Pedneault completed her residency in August 2017 and hence this blog is now ordered in reverse chronology.

Josee Pedneault

Day 1 – Glasgow

I have recently arrived (and been warmly welcomed!) in Glasgow for the Lightwaves International Residency Exchange programme, a collaboration between two institutions Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, and VU in Quebec City, four visual artists and two writers. In this cross-cultural exchange, the themes of migration and heritage will be explored. Melanie Latoré, a participating artist in the Lightwaves residency, welcomed me into the…
August 14, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 2 – Appartenance et mémoire d’éléphant

While visiting the Glasgow Necropolis - a Victorian cemetery on the top of a hill - Melanie and I talked about the sense of belonging to a specific place. Is it possible to find a stronger sense of connection to a country geographically and culturally different than the one in which we were born? While travelling, one may experience a strange…
August 15, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 3 – Encounter

Today I met with the wonderful artist Sukaina Kubba. She told me that one of her uncles spoke 70 languages, though she was unsure if the number has been blown up by the exaggeration of her childhood memory (we concluded that even half of 70 would be impressive). - - - - - - - - - - - -…
August 15, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 4 – Iles & Islands

Authors: Emslie, John; Reynolds, James. 1850. From the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Scotland has 790 offshore islands. For a few years now, I have been searching for an island that matches the mysterious mark that appeared on my back at the age of 17. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -…
August 16, 2017
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Day 5 – The First Wanderer

Hall of the Botanical Garden of Glasgow. / Hall d'entrée du jardin botanique de Glasgow.   A white marble sculpture representing Cain is placed at the entrance of the Botanical Garden of Glasgow. According to the Bible, Cain, one of the two sons of Adam and Eve, having killed is Brother Abel out of jealousy, is the first murderer of…
August 17, 2017
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Day 6 – No Man is an Island

The book “Island at the Edge of the World, the Story of St. Kilda.” came in the mail today, thanks to Malcolm, director of Street Level Photoworks, who foresaw that it would be in my line of interest. Few minutes into the introduction and I was already fully captivated by the strange and sad story of St. Kilda. St. Kilda…
August 18, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 7 – Nasir

Nasir drawing a five finger tree / Nasir dessinant un arbre à cinq doigt.   Every Saturday for three weeks, I participate as a volunteer in a workshop for asylum seekers organized by Sukaina (day 3) at the Center for Contemporary Arts of Glasgow. The workshop is around books and libraries and is thus conducive for sharing stories and memories.…
August 19, 2017
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Day 8 – Rare Archival Film

EVACUATION OF ST. KILDA, 1930, John P. Ritchie As I was searching in the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland, I stubble upon a rare film by John P. Ritchie showing life on St. Kilda, the collect of eggs on rocky cliffs, and images of the evacuation of the island. The evacuation was kept secret until 1979,…
August 20, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 9 – Total (American) Solar Eclipse

The NASA TV streaming site kept crashing, allowing for another kind of intergalactic experience. / Le site de la NASA TV tombait constamment donnant lieu à un autre genre de voyage intergalactique.   Monday was the day of the total solar eclipse crossing through the United States. Being in Glasgow, I was nowhere near the path of the event, but…
August 21, 2017
Josee Pedneault

Day 10 – Photo vérité

Today I spent the day scanning negatives from an earlier trip to Taiwan last May. I rarely take photographs specifically for a project. I work by collecting and accumulating images that I take or collect from the Internet, archives or other sources. I usually don't feel the need to stay true to the time, the location, the context or even…
August 22, 2017