Deer in Headlights

Presented as part of ‘Nostalgia Interrupted’, a collective exhibtion
Doris McCarthy Gallery -  Toronto, ON
Sept 15, 2022 - Dec 10, 2022

Deer In Headlights
is a sculptural installation comprised of 53 blocks of concrete embedded with strips of fluorescent visibility workwear. The blocks, acting as puzzle pieces, represent each year since Indigenous peoples received the right to vote – final permission was granted in the province of Quebec in 1969. Monnet’s Deer in Headlights speaks to the aggressive politics that stalled the progress of Indigenous communities for the purpose of political repression. Mimicking stones for building a more inclusive society, the formation of these blocks echo the social body, institutions, landscape and environment in which we live.

Nostagia Interrupted highlights the reminiscence and perseverance of BIPOC communities through lens-based media, text, and installation. Eschewing whitewashed notions of sanguine sentimentalism as portrayed by a dominant hierarchy, this exhibition explores the aspirations, resistance, and heartbreak of marginalized communities within the context of systemic racism, xenophobia, and oppression.

Deer in Headlights, 2022
Concrete and high visibility vest
6” x 6” x 6”

Exhibition view at Doris McCarthy Gallery, 2022

Deer in Headlights, 2022 (detail)