by Nytha Oronga
There is a Crack in Everything
Image Factory, February 10th – 15th
Photography, sound and video installation
This is the story of how Leonard Cohen saved my sanity. On one of the dark early and cold spring evenings, I was strolling down Mont Royal avenue in Montreal and I saw words flicker on the side of what we Montrealers call Mount Royal but that could be easily called Mound Royal.
The words I saw were the chorus of Leonard Cohen’s 1992 song “Anthem”. I was struck by the last 3 lines of the chorus:
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Arts studies can be so exacting as to make us forget that formal or conceptual perfection are not necessarily at the core of the art and imagery we can produce.
This exhibition is my homage to Leonard Cohen, to every poet and artist who has ever celebrated whatever glitches can be a metaphor of, in our human experience.