Opening Thurday, May 19 at 5 PM
By Yanick Sasseville
Installation (Origami + Photography)
On his work La trahison des images [the treachery of images]: “The pipe in the painting is an image of a pipe rather than a real object we can touch.”— René Magritte
Exile initially expressed the need to escape and flee something permanently or temporarily; the escape is voluntary, and sometimes not. The exhibition set out to tell the story of the millions of people who are forced to uproot their lives to survive. People sometimes choose to change countries in the hopes of having a better life. At a time when reality is not only shaped by the person living it, but is also the product of the media transmitting it, choosing which version of reality to believe is increasingly a challenge.
For the current exhibition, the aim has evolved into something more personal: people naturally question themselves, seeking out new territories in which to settle and grow as human beings. Along with Exile: Journey to the Center of the Earth relays the same themes while incorporating those of our impact on the environment, our legacy to future generations and this body of work’s recurring theme of our own mortality.
The centrepiece of the False reality exhibition is a large-scale installation composed of a flock of origami cranes spanning the gallery and heading towards a “window” hung on the adjacent wall. They strive to reach that elusive Eden and collide with the piece, which is merely a representation of the real thing.
The migration is like a huge wave, with a heightened driving sensation that maximizes the perceived power of attraction of nature on the birds.
The ephemeral medium of paper reflects the fragility of our own existence and our mortality. The use of paper cranes suggests naïveté, candour and innocence.