Velibor Božović combines autobiographical, documentary and fictional elements to explore the influence of images on memory. Nothing Will Surprise You Here examines an aborted urban planning project whose streets would have been named in honour of great Canadian photographers on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography. These “phantom” streets, although never built, appear on certain maps of Montreal, including Google Maps, even though their location is only a vacant lot. Of course, this story is just the framework of a much larger evocative proposition, in which the imaginary, wandering and memory take up questions of history, fiction and personal history.
Velibor Božović was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and has lived in Montreal since 1999, where he completed a master’s degree at Concordia University after having worked for several years as an engineer. His work has been presented in exhibitions and at festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2015 he received the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art.
From April 13 to June 17, 2017 | Opening on April 13 at 7 p.m.
5455, avenue de Gaspé, rez-de-chaussée – espace 109, Montréal (Québec) Canada H2T 3B3
Image by Velibor Božović
Text by Dazibao