ANNIE BAILLARGEON: Cosmologie des chambres

PRESS RELEASE

ANNIE BAILLARGEON: Cosmologie des chambres
Sep 6 – Oct 1, 2017

Galerie D'Este is pleased to present the solo exhibition Cosmologie des chambres of multidisciplinary artist Annie Baillargeon. In this corpus, the artist engages a reflexion on rooms and our way of living in them. Confronted with her own appropriation of space, Annie Baillargeon explores the paradoxical elements opposing the intimate to the common; the isolation to the public. In addition to her practice that integrates performance, photography and painting, the compositions in this corpus brings together both the confined and the unlimited, exposing the dichotomous universe of the artist. The enclosed space of the room becomes the meeting point with the public. In hindsight, the experimentation present in each piece weaves a reflection on our ways to live together, the order of things and the contemporary disorders. What Cosmologie des chambres exposes is this opening in which we can meet and dream together of an opened world, like daytime insomniacs.

Annie Baillargeon lives and works in Quebec City. For more than 15 years, she has investigated a multidisciplinary approach based on vivid and often subversive representations of the body. She is both a member and co-founder of the multidisciplinary group “Les Fermières Obsédées” who, performing since 2001, inject a certain indiscipline into the genre of action art. She now works with a new collective called BLUSH. She has had solo exhibitions in galleries across Quebec and Canada, including Maison de la culture Frontenac and Galerie d’art d’Outremont in Montréal, L’oeil de poisson and VU PHOTO in Québec, Espace F in Matane, Galerie Séquence in Saguenay, Gallery 44 in Toronto and Occurrence-Espace d'art et d'essai contemporains in Montreal. Baillargeon has participated in well-acclaimed group exhibitions such as L’envers des apparences at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, C’est arrivé près de chez vous at the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Dans un Monde post : Un événement post-punk at Université de Sherbrooke à Longueuil, The constructed images at CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto and Touched at the Liverpool Biennial. Her work has been shown in Serbia, Chicago, Wales, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Australia, Ecuador and France, and can be found in many important collections including that of the National Gallery of Canada and Bank of Montreal. She has been the subject of twenty articles and publications in addition to being the recipient of several awards. She received the juror's choice Award from The National Salt Spring Art Prize in 2015 and was part of the long list of finalists for the prestigious Sobey Award for the arts in 2017 organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Annie Baillargeon is represented by Galerie D'Este in Montreal.