Voyage à Thunder Bay, Le
1983, 24:00 minutes, colour, French
This is a work whose reality lies solely in its recording on video tape and the parts of a car ride in Montréal which have been added to the work. Using collage and visual associations, the work deals with Marcel Michaud's thoughts as he describes what it felt like to leave his farm in eastern Québec to go to work in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He describes his work experience in Thunder Bay.
When Michaud left Québec he left behind his identity. He felt he was nothing less than a foreigner in a province whose barriers are both cultural and linguistic. He returns to Québec after only twenty days. For him, and for many others, leaving home means leaving behind a part of oneself.
Deux narrations, qui entretiennent entre elles des rapports parfois directs et parfois distanciés, interagissent en un duo sur un thème commun: le départ fictif ou réel.
Sur un mode essentiellement visuel et par différents "tabeaux exotiques," Le voyage à Thunder Bay parle de la nature même du voyage, de la brisure qu'il provoque dans le discours quotidien. Le vidéo raconte le sentiment d'exil permanent par rapport à des références culturelles étrangères.
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