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"SELECTION OF WORKS BY MONTREAL ARTIST GENEVIEVE CADIEUX"
2000-04-06 until 2000-07-02
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
MONTREAL, QC, CA Canada

From April 6 to July 2, 2000, the exhibition Geneviève Cadieux will feature a number of large-scale works created by this Montreal artist between 1993 and 2000. Its goal is to highlight the formal diversity of Cadieux's recent work-which includes photography, photographic installations, audio installations and sculpture-along with the importance of voice and silence in her work and the new meanings they give rise to. Two recent works, Paramour and Broken Memory, never before shown in Montreal, will be the cornerstone pieces in the exhibition.

In Paramour, Cadieux has made use of video for the first time, to bring out the dynamic underpinnings of her large-scale photographic work. The piece revolves around a dialogue between a man and a woman. The man, unseen to the viewer, answers the woman, who gazes straight ahead, reciting a passage from The Malady of Death by Marguerite Duras. The exchange is based on a question and answer repeated over and over, which illustrates that communication between beings is impossible. But Paramour also leads to other issues. The works from the 1990s were selected to focus on and explore these problems in greater depth, in an exhibition that is more a statement than a survey.

Cadieux takes images of landscapes, the human body and the face to construct new images in a carefully calibrated large-scale format, which often belong neither to landscape nor to figure, but establish a new terrain. She uses stratagems that traditionally evoke the modernist sublime (large scale, frontal confrontation, atmospheric landscape, nothingness) to dominate the gallery's entire space.

The exhibition confronts viewers with questions about the body, desire and gesture. Cadieux's works stir barely articulated areas of psychic understanding by projecting and implicating a subject that desires. They are laden with conflicting emotions (fear/euphoria, desire/repression, pain/pleasure, articulation/silence) that all point to a crisis in subjectivity. In Paramour, the experience it creates in an empty, white room is a kind of vertigo in which the viewer's stable sense of self is unsettled, said Scott Watson, director and curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

The exhibition Geneviève Cadieux was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in association with the University of British Columbia's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

Stephane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is responsible for the Montreal presentation of the exhibition, which will make a stop at the Hamilton Art Gallery before coming to Montreal.

A bilingual catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available at the Museum Boutique and Bookstore for $34.95.


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