Interpellations (Call Out) 2011


This project involves a number of components of sign language, such as facial expressiveness, duration of the sign, the sign’s position in space, hand position, and orientation of the eyes. In removing certain components, I change several expressive dimensions involved in understanding the sign, which is broken down, so the gesture becomes the topic.



In Interpellations (Call Out), the photos are used as structures through which archetypes are experienced. They are transgressions of reality. The subject—the person represented in the photo—is no longer part of the representation, but rather becomes a representation structure. Each observer receives a different image because it speaks to her affect. My project therefore converges with the idea of the archetype as described by Jung: The archetype itself is “schizoid”, which means it transgresses the borders of psychic reality, evolving in an unconscious and undetermined form, in a non-place where synchronicity exists and reigns (…) The Individual can only deduce from the archetype what it manifests objectively.* Accordingly, my photographs are a structure. The subject, who cannot become part of an archetype, actually sees her own psyche transferred into the subject. The photo then becomes a representation of the viewer. It becomes the subject of my work, because my work is simultaneously a matrix of images within the unconscious mind, a condition for possibility as opposed to experience, and a metaphysical structure in the true kingdom of the soul.*



Interpellations (Call Out) was presented in its entirety at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve in Montreal from October 27 to November 27, 2011, at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain in Winnipeg from August 23 to October 14, 2012, and from June 5 to July 19, 2013 at the Maison de la culture de Verdun. An exhibition catalogue was printed in 80 copies (ISBN 2-9800709-7-1; Éditions d’Adrénaline) and is available at the BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec), the Mile-End branch of the Montreal public library and at Formats, the bookstore of the RCAAQ (Regroupement des Centres d’Artistes Autogérés du Québec).



This series is composed of 23 digital stamps printed on Somerset photo satin cotton paper, 74 x 112 cm, placed directly on the wall with 6 magnets (1 at each of the 4 corners, and one at the centres of the right and left sides). Interpellations can be presented in full or in part, and the entire collection requires approximately 19 metres of wall space.

* Direct translation from the original french text.


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