ANNIE BAILLARGEON : Clusters
Sep 5 – Sep 29, 2019
Galerie D’Este is pleased to present Clusters (Les amas), a solo exhibition of recent works by artist Annie Baillargeon.
Combining performance art and photography, the project Clusters consists of a series of photos taken as I carried out various actions in pre-designed sets. Within these spaces, the performative gestures were prompted and conditioned by the presence of objects (costumes, party supplies, iPhone, kitchen tools, makeup accessories, etc.). The confrontation of characters and an exorbitant agglomeration of material objects conflates different roles of femininity (girlhood, motherhood, woman/object, woman/human).
My digitally multiplied body lends itself to various aspects of gender performativity. Establishing a staged plurality, the duplicates propose contemporary feminine mythologies in line with postfeminism. Yet, the proliferation of this same body leaves us faced with unsettling depersonalization. Rendered anonymous, the individuals are now defined by their surroundings, thus raising the question of identity. This leads me to interrogate the relationship between woman and object. What power do objects have on our choices, and to what extent do they define us? How can things shape our understanding of identity? How can we act and survive in a world of accumulation, dominated by objects? Constantly solicited by these objects, how can we find a neutral space and self-identity?
By deploying the human figure within artificially created environments that are imbued with an invasive influx of objects, I depict the disoriented human who endeavors, despite all, to occupy the most important role in her own existence.
Annie Baillargeon holds a Bachelors in Visual Arts from Université Laval and lives and works in Quebec City. Her multidisciplinary approach integrates painting, performance and photography, proposing an exhilarating and transgressive representation of the body. Baillargeon co-founded Les Fermières Obsédées, an art collective known for their irreverent action art. She currently pursues her practice as a founding member of the collective B.L.U.S.H. Her solo work has been presented at many art centers in Quebec and across Canada, including: L’Oeil de poisson and the Centre VU of Quebec City, Espace F in Matane, Gallery Séquence in Saguenay, and Gallery 44 in Toronto. She has participated in numerous collective exhibitions, most notably: Appearancesat the Musée d’art contemporain of Montréal, C’est arrivé près de chez vousat the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, In a Post-World : Post-punk Art Nowat The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, The Constructed Imagesat the Contact Image Festival in Toronto and Touchedat the Liverpool Biennal. Her work has also been exhibited internationally in France, Serbia, Poland, Ecuador, Ireland, Australia, Wales, and Chicago. More than 20 publications are dedicated to her work and she is the recipient of many prizes, including: Salt Spring Art Prize; Vidéré Prize, best event; Quebec Arts Council; the Manif d’Art; Cornelius-Krieghoff Prize; Vidéaste Recherché-e Prize; and La Bande Vidéo Jury Prize. She was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2017 and her work is featured in several prestigious collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Baillargeon is represented by Galerie D’Este in Montreal.