"Underworlds" @ Surgir de l’ombre: La biennale canadienne 2014 / Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 - National Gallery of Canada.
MURS AVEUGLES (BLIND WALLS)
15:25 / Video / 2014
Murs aveugles (Blind Walls) is an architectural projection presented on a building adjoining the Saint-Laurent metro station in Montreal. This work was inspired by the Occupy movement of peaceful protest and draws a portrait of our current political horizon.
From October 15 to November 25, 2011, numerous citizens gathered and established the Occupons Montréal camp on Victoria Square, renamed Place du peuple for the duration. I regularly came to this public forum, taking pictures of the indignés, the tents, the posters, listening to public statements… There was a wonderful energy about this place, bringing back hope: a fairer world, with more solidarity, was possible. This movement provided a glimpse of what our societies will become when citizens participate more in the political life of their countries.
The video appears as a colourful, baroque, playful mosaic. It is made up of graffiti, slogans, symbols and citations that are superimposed on the projection surface to form virtual murals. I use it to tackle topics such as gentrification, social inequalities, media convergence, the environment… Different language levels are brought together to abolish hierarchies.
Murs aveugles was commissioned by La Biennale de Montréal and produced for BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward).
VRAISEMBLANCES / VERISIMILITUDES
A maker of verisimilar images, an artist firmly but not conspicuously engaged, Hayeur is known for landscapes involving large-format photomontage, video and site-specific installation.
Vraisemblances / Verisimilitudes is a bilingual monograph produced further to the exhibition Vraisemblances, held at EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, from January 26 to April 21, 2013, and at Musée régional de Rimouski, from June 16 to September 15, 2013. The exhibition was coproduced by these institutions, with EXPRESSION director Marcel Blouin acting as curator. Vraisemblances showcased photographic and video series made over a period of ten years, between 2003 and 2012. It included new works as well as previously shown pieces from the series Destinations, Model Homes, Excavations and Underworlds. The book deals with much of the exhibition but also works produced after 2012.
Sincere thanks go to Dominique Toutant, of Galerie Division, for his invaluable assistance. Finally, for the funding that helped make this publication possible, we are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Ville de Saint-Hyacinthe and Ville de Rimouski.
Publishers: Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe,
Musée régional de Rimouski
Authors: Marcel Blouin, Franck Michel, Bénédicte Ramade
Distribution: ÉDIPRESSE www.edipresse.ca
108 pages, 2014
Copies of the publication may be purchased in libraries, at EXPRESSION, at Musée régional de Rimouski, at Division Gallery or the Formats virtual library.
On October 15, at 6h30 pm, as part of a video event organized by Groupe Intervention Vidéo at Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, launch of the monograph followed by the video screenings at 7h30 pm.
From April 6 to May 3, 2014
The question has been asked, do we really have an impact on our environment? Are human beings responsible for the disappearance of whole species of animals, climate change? If we were all scientists studying our portion of the eco system from the micro to the macro we might be better qualified to answer that question with more specifics. However, Isabelle Hayeur has given us a very haunting photographic documentary series, entitled ‘Underworlds’ that actually shows us the result of our negligence toward our waterways. Isabelle describes her point of view this way: “A parallel can be made between these submerged worlds and the subconscious, for they reflect what is not allowed to come to consciousness in today’s world.”
ISABELLE HAYEUR : UNDERSTORIES
November 16, 2013–January 25, 2014
Galerie Division, Montreal
With her seamlessly Photoshopped images, Isabelle Hayeur subverts the tradition of landscape photography, exploring underwater environments across North America and examining the effects of pollution on our waterways. Using a camera encased in a watertight housing, she tracks our impact on rivers, lakes, and oceans, plunging us into the fragile ecosystems on which we depend. Her seemingly naturalistic images are often complex composites of many photographs, prompting us to look closer at what is real or synthetic, both in her technique and in the habitats she explores. In this series, Hayeur draws from a six-week residency in New Orleans, probing the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Southern Louisiana becomes a microcosm of the world at large, its turbid waters offering a clear and cautionary glimpse into our planet’s future.
À travers ses photomontages finement réalisés, Isabelle Hayeur reconsidère la tradition de la photographie de paysage en explorant divers environnements aquatiques de l’Amérique du Nord et examine les effets de la pollution sur nos cours d’eau. Grâce à sa caméra recouverte d’un caisson submersible, elle étudie notre impact sur les rivières, les lacs et les océans et nous plonge au cœur de ces fragiles écosystèmes essentiels à notre survie. Ses images semblent tout à fait naturelles, mais sont en réalité de complexes recompositions créées à partir de plusieurs photographies. Elle nous force ainsi à regarder de plus près afin de différencier le naturel du synthétique, à la fois dans la technique utilisée, et dans les habitats qu’elle explore. Pour cette série, l’artiste puise son inspiration à même sa résidence d’artiste à La Nouvelle-Orléans et arpente les rives du Mississippi et du golfe du Mexique. Le sud de la Louisiane devient alors un microcosme du monde et ses eaux troubles, un aperçu du futur.
Site-specific video installation in industrial building. Created for Nocturne Halifax, October 19th., 2013.
Published by - Publié par VU / Dazibao
Isabelle Hayeur scrutinises the land to understand how today’s society occupies and shapes the environment. Through the manipulation of images and landscapes in her large-format photographs, videos and in situ installations she tries to demonstrate the decisive effect of the prodigious transformation of natural, rural and urban spaces. In this monograph, the critic and independent curator Marie Perrault takes a penetrating look at Hayeur’s photography and video through analysis of a few key works and a discussion of her ecological, urban and social concerns.
L’artiste Isabelle Hayeur scrute les territoires pour comprendre comment la société actuelle investit et façonne l’environnement. Par ses manipulations d’images, de paysages, ses photos grands formats, ses vidéos et ses installations in situ, elle tente de démontrer les effets marquants de la transformation phénoménale des espaces naturels, ruraux et urbains. Dans cette monographie, la critique et commissaire indépendante Marie Perrault pose un regard pénétrant sur le travail photographique et vidéographique d’Isabelle Hayeur en proposant un retour sur quelques oeuvres phares évoquant ses préoccupations écologiques, urbanistiques et sociales.
Vraisemblances, Marcel Blouin curator. A solo exhibition presented at Expression Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe and at Le Musée Régional de Rimouski, 2013.
Water screen projection, presented by Espace [iM]Media, from July 31 to August 17, Lac des Nations, Sherbrooke (QC).
Staten Island is the site of the largest ship cemetery in the eastern United States. This one-of-a-kind, desolate place is home to wrecked ships of every description, slowly rotting in a narrow channel lined by refineries. Projected onto a screen of water at nightfall, these ghost-like carcasses reveal the dark side of industrial development.
Art Billboards in New Orleans (A.I.R. project)
Hymenocallis caroliniana (Carolina Spiderlily)
Near Norco, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.