The Fleeting Image – Lynn Kodeih. Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner at Galerie de l’UQAM


Dates : February 10 – April 1, 2023
Opening : Thursday, February 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Montreal, January 31, 2023 Galerie de l’UQAM presents Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner, an exhibition of Lynn Kodeih, who is completing a master’s degree in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Excavating the relationship to place through formal and plastic experiments, the artist develops protocols of erasure so as to reveal the materiality of the image.

The Exhibition

In Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner, Kodeih investigates the themes of belonging, territoriality, and borders.

Lynn Kodeih, Portable landscape (detail), 2022. Photo: Lynn Kodeih
Lynn Kodeih, Prophecy (video still), 2022.

Through the image and its disappearance, she attempts to materialize the fluctuation between several places: places of origin, affiliation, loss, and colonization. Kodeih reflects on how to position oneself as an immigrant, in a country haunted by its colonial history, in relation to space (that which has been taken from us and that which is offered to us). What can one bring into this new habitat and what should one leave behind? What delimits a territory, rendering it sterile, hostile, or welcoming?

The exhibition presents a body of work that combines video, textuality, and materiality. An almost invisible sound work of fragments oscillates between autotheory and poetry. Through experiments in video and textile printing, Kodeih develops protocols for multiplying and superimposing the image, which becomes saturated almost to the point of disappearing. For the exhibition, the artist takes up the medium of ceramics for the first time to explore the materiality of the trace by marking and shaping. The works show her desire to erase the landscape in order to make other things appear. In the context of a world submerged in images, Kodeih’s work speaks of the need to turn the gaze back to these spaces of loss and allow them to be reimagined.

Lynn Kodeih, Impossible gardens (detail), 2022. Photo: Koussay Hamzeh
Lynn Kodeih, Impossible gardens (detail), 2022. Photo: Koussay Hamzeh

About the Artist

Lynn Kodeih was born in Beirut and has lived in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal since 2020. Her work focuses on the politics of the image and explores notions of space, borders, itinerancy, and belonging in a colonial and postcolonial world. Her art practice interweaves autotheory, video, and installation. Kodeih has a bachelor’s degree in literary studies and a DES and master’s degree in theatre and performance (Beirut, Lebanon). Her work has been presented in several international group exhibitions, including at the Kunstbanken Performance Festival (Norway), the Rotterdam Film Festival (Netherlands), Transart Triennial (Berlin, Germany), as well as Home Works – Ashkal Alwan, Beirut Art Center, and Beirut Art Fair (Lebanon).

Photo : Andrea Calderon Stephens

Public Activities


Thursday, February 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM

At the opening of its two new exhibitions, Galerie de l’UQAM will also be launching the most recent publication produced by Le LOBE artist-run centre for its 2021–2022 residency program. In addition, the team of ESPACE art actuel will be present to launch the magazine’s most recent issue on Neurodiversity.

Artist Talk

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM
In French
As part of the L’art observe series

Galerie de l’UQAM invites you to a performative talk by Lynn Kodeih, who is completing a master’s degree in visual and media arts at UQAM. The artist will discuss her art practice and the research she undertook during her degree.

Educational Program

The cultural mediators of Galerie de l’UQAM will be offering guided tours of the exhibition Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner to groups and faculty members. Flexible and open to all school and community groups, the tours can be adapted to meet particular needs and to complement material covered in the classroom, if needed. These activities are offered free of charge, in French or English.

+ More information:

Reservation required :
Léa Lanthier-Lapierre
Cultural Mediation and Communications Coordinator, Galerie de l’UQAM
514 987-3000 ext. 1424


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1400 Berri, corner of Sainte-Catherine East, Montreal
Berri-UQAM Metro

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