Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone C Exhibition

Maria Legault, The Apology Project, 2009
Liberty Market Building Atrium Corridor, West
171 East Liberty Street, Hanna Street Entrance

The Apology Project, 2009

Maria Legault - Toronto, Canada

Performance Art

For Nuit Blanche 2009, The Apology Project will be staged in its largest scale thus far. A cluster of 55 people wearing large brown paper bags on their bodies will congest a public hallway and personally apologize to every person who ventures through them. The uncanniness of this human blockade will disrupt the regular flow of traffic and provoke reflection about passive aggressive behavior. Who are these people? Why are they here? Why are they wearing brown paper bags over their bodies? There is an enigma about what precisely they are sorry for and why they are choosing to continue doing something that they find reproachable. If it is their awkward presence in the space that they are apologizing for, why do they chose to remain there? Why not just stop an offensive behavior rather than continue to indulge in it and apologize?

In the context of Nuit Blanche, endurance will become a significant component of the work as these people will be standing in brown paper bags and apologizing for 12 hours. Time will become a device that at once tests the physical limits of the performers and also testifies to their will to be obnoxious and continue to maintain a disruptive posture even though they are physically exhausted. 

Maria Legault is an inter-disciplinary artist who is fully bilingual and currently a Torontonian. Her work has been showcased at such venues as the Galapagos Art Space in New York City, Musee de Strasbourg in France and the Castle of the Imagination performance festival in Poland as well as locally at Mercer Union, Inter-Access, Forest City Gallery, 7a11d Performance Festival, Rodman Hal, Studio XX, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, and The Drake Hotel.

Suitable for all ages

Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council for their support

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