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Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction. Geneviève Cadieux

March 21, 2015 - May 17, 2015


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Year 2015 Theme Feminisms, Film, Video & Performance, Gender & Sexuality, Photography

Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art de Joliette with financial support from the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

This exhibition encompasses 27 years of production by Canadian artist Geneviève Cadieux, who works primarily with photography and its associated techniques. The complete exhibition is divided into two parts. The earliest works are presented at MSVU Art Gallery in Part I: Ravissement (1985) and La blessure d’une cicatrice ou Les Anges (1987). Part II, with works dating from 1987 through 2012, may be viewed at Dalhousie Art Gallery.

In much of her work, Cadieux explores the emotional implications of seeing and being seen. She was one of the first Canadian artists to explore the gaze, a psychoanalytic term used to describe acts of looking caught up in the dynamics of
desire. Cadieux simultaneously invites and frustrates the gaze by rendering visual signifiers as enigmatic or unstable in their meaning. In Part I, Cadieux achieves this effect by obscuring details of appropriated images and juxtaposing appropriated
and original photographs, all of the human figure. Curator Vincent Bonin’s selection directs our attention to works in which abstract passages interrupt representation to “create a breach in the real.”

OPENING RECEPTION: Join us Saturday, May 2, for opening receptions and exhibition tours led by Geneviève Cadieux and Vincent Bonin, curator. The afternoon begins at MSVU Art Gallery, 12:00pm, continuing at Dalhousie Art Gallery, 2:00pm. Free transportation provided, leaving from MSVU to Dalhousie at 1:30pm.