& DOMINIQUE SIROIS
01.19 - 03.10
Opening, 01.18, 6pm
With both Boris Groys’ book Going Public and the figure of Kim Kardashian as their starting-points, Grégory Chatonsky and Dominique Sirois explore the evolution of the body and subjectivity in the internet-centred context of the present day. TV-reality star Kardashian claims to have no talent other than her talent for living. However, her publication of countless selfies subsequently “liked” by millions of followers on Instagram fuels a self-referential form of celebrity that exists in a sort of feedback loop. Her orange-tinted skin seems to conform perfectly to the contours of the network, shaping today’s landscape of fame for all as predicted by Andy Warhol. This overly human skin breaks down the closer we get to it, its chinks and flaws becoming more and more apparent, not unlike the façade of a building weathered by the passing of time. This skin, stretched out beneath our gaze, embodies portraiture and ancient statuary in a contemporary way, actualizing the desire to represent and repeat the familiar paradox of inner meaning, “I is an Other”. However, in the realm of current social media, the proliferation of this Otherness has become immeasurable.
With Perfect Skin, Chatonsky and Sirois propose a third instalment of their research on our present’s future perfect tense. During the realization of Telofossils (2013), the transatlantic duo began to wonder what might remain of our civilization in a few thousand years, whereas Des mémoires éteintes (2015) focused on the discovery of Google servers by hypothetical extraterrestrial beings. Perfect Skin pursues this exploration of our era by way of several mediums (photo, video, textiles, ceramics, VR, etc.), honing in on the faces, bodies and skin represented on a now-vertiginous scale through social media. Chatonsky and Sirois have realized their project in a spirit of speculation, as if all these images could be condensed into one diagram of a single collective and desiring body.
Jessica Auer, Still Ruins, Moving Stones, 2014
AU LOIN UNE ÎLE
With: Annabelle Arlie, Jessica Auer, Amy Balkin, Cécile Beau, Julien Discrit, Dominic Gagnon, Enrique Ramirez, Capucine Vever, Paul Walde, we S.A.N.K.
Curator: Chloé Grondeau
02.1 - 03.11
Opening 02.1, 6:30pm
Mains d'Oeuvres (Paris)
The exhibition AU LOIN UNE ÎLE proposes a vision of the island as a metaphorical concept of today's geopolitical and sociopolitical issues.
DIAGONALE (Montréal) + MAINS D' ŒUVRES (Paris)
2016 - 2018
In the interest of promoting the thriving visual art scenes of their respective cities, and to work collaboratively on a critically engaged, multi-facetted project, Diagonale (Montréal) and Mains d’Œuvres (Paris) are embarking on unique initiative whereby each centre will develop an in situ curatorial proposal within the other centre’s space.