2015 | L’ORIGINE D’UN MOUVEMENT: MANON LABRECQUE | CURATING BY NICOLE GINGRAS
EXHIBITION FROM APRIL 1 TO MAY 2, 2015
The exhibition brings together five new installations. Manon Labrecque continues her exploration of themes that are dear to her: movement and what flows out of it, such as animation, slowing and stopping; the notion of the double; the muteness of a body; the relation between touching and looking; the significance of a memory; the present; experience. A figure is at the centre of each work. The visitor discovers a body, fragments of a woman’s body. She stops a movement, resumes an action, observes, draws, becomes indistinct. She thinks her shadow and tames it.
Labrecque conceived apprentissage and touchée, two video installations closely connected to a projected moving image and a fixed drawn image, in a relation of vertiginous scale. The work dessous ma chair rouge consists of two projections facing each other — a face seen at two moments, apparently dissolving before our eyes. The kinetic and sound installation moulin à prières invites the visitor to circulate in the fleeting movement, sound and images. les uns, a group of drawings placed on easels, offers seven distinct images of the body, seven experiences in which the artist, eyes closed, tries to recall a sensation, an experience. The search for an origin, for a filiation — that which, for Manon Labrecque, I like to associate with the term genealogy — is clearly evident in this group of recent works.
Since Les témoins, an exhibition presented in 2003 at the Galerie de l’UQAM, L’origine d’un mouvement, on view in the three galleries of AXENÉO7, is the artist’s most ambitious project to date.
Nicole Gingras, Curator
Manon Labrecque lives and works in Montréal. She has received training in contemporary dance and visual arts. Since 1991, she has worked as a multidisciplinary artist who creates single-channel videos, performances, still images, kinetic and sound installations. Her video works have been disseminated in various festivals in Canada and abroad. Several of them have received awards, among others, at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (1998 and 2007), at the Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique (1995) and at the Berlin Transmediale (2000).
Based in Montreal, Nicole Gingras is a researcher, independent curator and author. The exhibitions and programs she has curated and the publications under her direction as well as the seminars she has lead, deal with such notions as time, the creative process, traces and memory. She has extensively written on the moving image, photography, as well as sound and kinetic art.