“Le Portage” expresses and shares the collaborative and cooperative spirit of Montreal’s uniquely rich, multiplex cultural experience, heritage and historical genesis.
At the time of the Montreal region’s settling, portaging was a fundamental challenge that brought intrepid explorers together in a communal effort of radical self-reliance. Pressing headfirst and alone into the sweeping wild, these seekers would literally shoulder the burden of their heavy supplies, transportation and collective differences, as they passed the harsh terrain.
Juxtaposed amidst an unending and unyielding landscape, La Portage creates an intimate space in the hull of the canoe, binding these indomitable kindred spirits together, representing the ancient and common challenge of shared survival through reciprocity.
By representing and recreating a shared intimate experience, La Portage transcends linguistic, cultural and historical differences and tensions, to grow a common bond and foster a shared understanding about the relationship between nature, ourselves, and each other.