Nothing Will Surprise You Here
From April 13 to June 17, 2017
Opening on April 13 at 7 pm
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 grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. When he was in his twenties, the country of his youth became a war zone and he spent the duration of the siege of Sarajevo honing his survival skills. He has lived in Montreal since 1999, where he completed an MA in Studio Arts at Concordia University a er having worked for several years as an engineer in aerospace industry. 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.
This exhibition, as well as the publication that will accompany it, receives the support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.