Eve Tagny’s Lost Love – Saisons futures is a story of love, loss, grief and hope. Taking place throughout the four seasons, it is a story rooted in the paradox of death in a garden–of life ending in the lush space of continuous living. It begins in summertime in South Africa when a young couple’s love is interrupted by a sudden death. The artist’s material portrayal of this story questions private and collective bereavement and healing processes, asking: how do we enact and carry grief? How are memories and trauma embedded in our bodies? How can nature help those mourning to restore healthy rhythms? Throughout the gallery Tagny brings together earthen objects such as soil, rocks, flowers and plants to exist in harmony with their material opposite: plastic. Synthetic sheets, used in forensics to demarcate the living from the dead, serve here as vessels for organic matter, for photographs and videos, and to partition space. The exhibition unfolds as an investigation into the reification of grief, and the healing properties of nature’s rhythms.
Eve Tagny holds a BFA in Film production/documentary from Concordia University and a certificate in Journalism from the University of Montreal. Navigating between writing, photography, video and plant-based installations, she explores themes pertaining to body politics and the ever-evolving expressions of hybrid identities. Most recently, her practice has focused on restoring traumatic disruptions through nature. Her work has been shown in Montreal, Toronto, Berlin and Japan.