Base Camp 1000 days for the planet, presented by Radio-Canada
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The artists and artisan

The artists and artisan

Heidi Barkun

Her participation:

Designing and creating 30 frames of recovered wood for the “1000 Ambassadors” photo albums..

Where the materials came from:

Painted wood from old kitchen baseboards and window and door mouldings.

Heidi Barkun is an accomplished visual artist, painter and sculptor. She works with wood and different media, including recycled materials. She holds a bachelor’s in science (anatomy and cellular biology) from McGill University (1995) and a bachelor’s in fine arts from Concordia University (1999).

She learned the basics of carpentry during her time at Concordia. Heidi began working with recycled materials in 2005 and opened class=”relief”>ENCADREMENTS|heidiclass=”relief”>BARKUN in 2010. Moved by the colours, textures and lost stories of discarded objects, she gives them new life in her works.

Her work in “1000 Days expresses the importance of our collective ties. “By working together, we can change the world, one small gesture at a time,” she says.


Geneviève Bouchard

Her participation:

Designing and creating the cushions in the exhibition space.

Where the material came from:

Cloth from the old sails of Sedna IV. The ship was last in Antarctica.

Geneviève Bouchard is an artist and designer who specializes in creating and designing unique clothing and costumes. She initially worked under the name KafaraJoue. She worked in performing arts, theatre and visual art, then moved towards inspiring projects like
O. N. E. Outfits from a New Era and 1000 Days for the Planet/Base Camp.

“My creation process is directed towards acceptance of my own uniqueness,” says this artist, guided by her own sensitivity and great awareness of her difference in the modes of expression that she explores.

Geneviève is highly sensitive to biodiversity and her role in it. She designed and created the cushions for the 1000 Days exhibition according to a particular process in which the interdependence between creators was very stimulating.


Chloé B. Fortin

Her participation:

The Seventh Continent, a plastic vortex that evokes one of the continents of waste floating in the ocean.

Where the materials came from:

Thousands of plastic caps collected in a public campaign organized by Space for Life; hundreds of new and used guitar strings, recovered gear hubs and other items.

Chloé B. Fortin is a multidisciplinary artist who designs three-dimensional works that involve accumulation and assembly of abandoned or obsolete objects. Since 2008, she has participated in many collective exhibitions in Montréal.

In collaboration with artist Audrey Lavallée, as part of the project les attentives, she has created works in public areas, in particular for the Dare-Dare OFF-Biennale (2009), Écocity: In the Field (2011), and the International Métis Garden Festival (summer 2012).

For 1000 Days, she has created “a waltz of resulting objects, suspended, solemnly waiting at the bottom of the ocean for their last hurrah.”


Valérie Galarneau

Her participation:

Shooting video portraits of the researchers.

Valérie Galarneau is a filmmaker, author, director and designer. She has already written a number of dramatic texts for kids and teens, and her curiosity has led her to explore different media.

She has been involved in a number of events, such as “O. N. E. Outfits from a New Era” at the Biosphere, and her dramatic work “Coco Incognito” was presented at the Montréal Biodôme in 2012.

For the 1000 Days exhibition, she shot and directed portraits of local researchers, trying to capture their vision of their respective research projects in a very simple way, leaving plenty of space for their points of view.

She is concerned with “everything living all around us, the survival of life” and looks toward the future with the hope that “our children and those of generations to come will be fully part of it.”


Cedric Ginart

His participation:

Creating Rhodiola rosea roots out of glass. This plant is presented in the “overprotection” capsule; its properties include reducing the risks of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.


Cedric Ginart, a scientific glass blower at the Université de Montréal, also teaches blowtorch glass blowing and pursues a career as an artist. He has studied biochemistry and trained in scientific glass blowing in Paris.

He has lived in Québec since 1996 and collaborates with scientists, artists and architects on experimental projects which require the creation of prototypes or unique pieces.

His work is part of major collections such as the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario. To create the glass Rhodiola roots, Cedric had to draw on his experience and work with different designs and technical solutions to materialize the proposed concept.

For him, 1000 Days is a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of environmental issues and showcase the expertise of artisans, which is also “a wealth to cultivate and develop.”


Marc Pelletier

His participation:

Creating the wall, bleachers and benches used in the exhibition space.

Where the materials came from:

Boards from a condemned farm and schoolhouse in Témiscouata.

Originally from Témiscouata, Marc Pelletier studied architecture technology at the Cégep Saint-Laurent and art and architecture at UQAM.

In 2010, he co-created Épure – Ébénisterie d’art, a business specializing in high-end, custom-built furniture, sculpture and works of art.

For Marc, wood is a noble material that he enhances with a choice of details that harmoniously integrates antique patina and modern design.