In the evening of August 9 2008, Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed by police officer Jean-Loup Lapointe, at the Henri-Bourassa Arena, in Montreal Nord. Riots break out next day and the activist group, Montréal-Nord Républik, is born. The killing of Fredy Villanueva not only stirred up years of social exclusion and discontent, but also brought visibility to current tactics of police surveillance, institutional power asymmetries and racial profiling. I used counter video surveillance as a tool of reflection, exploring relationships of identity, site, history, and memory, seeking to challenge institutional power asymmetries in documentary practices at the intersection of everyday life, site-specific issues of social justice and political oppression. This ethnographic video study examines site specificity as a complex reflection of the unstable relationship between location and identity in urban landscapes, critically discussing various strategies of accessing the realms of memory, recollection, and identity, which commonly evades ethnographic representation.

MTL Nord
Installation
1 video, 1 text panel
Silent, B&W
35 mins.
2016

An installation by Victor Arroyo

Shot with standard definition surveillance camera.
Transferred to digital video.

Technical assistance
René Daigle
Benoit Chaussé
Postproduction by Oswaldo Toledano.

Thanks to

Montréal-Nord Républik.
Coalition against police abuse and repression CRAP.
No One Is Illegal-Montreal.
Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition.
Solidarity Across Borders.
Cinéma sous les étoiles de Funambules Médias.
Magnus Isacsson.

Exhibitions


FOFA Gallery
2017.
Montreal, Canada.
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The New Gallery
2017.
Calgary, Canada.
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Modern Fuel ARC
2016.
Kingston, Canada.
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