Omar Victor Diop, Justin Bettman, Ching-hui CHOU, Joe Johnson, Shen Chao-Liang, Klaus Pichler and Alice Wielinga.
Art Souterrain 2017, various locations in Montreal's underground city
March 4th to April 1st, 2017
Invited curator of photography
My project for Art Souterrain 2017 presents the work of artists who interpret the theme of play through the prism of cinematography and dramatization. By referencing the construction of fictions, the works propose a theatralization of potential worlds. Pushing the boundaries of reality, their cinematic qualities, saturated hues and conceptual complexity are the essence of ambiguity itself. The images hold up a funhouse mirror to society, with which the artists reveal a variety of social games. Whether through their orchestration of masquerades or elaboration of scenery, these dramatizations encourage spectators to question the social theatres of which they are a part and in which they thus play a role. Far from offering up a nihilistic vision of these scenarios, the exhibition seeks to acknowledge their existence. Amid the daily barrage of flamboyant images, these straightforward photographs take on a strangely reassuring quality.