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Ambiguous Becoming: Artists’ Moving Image from Canada

24 January 2020 until 22 February 2020
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD

Cooper Gallery DJCAD x MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image

A collaboration between the Cooper Gallery (Dundee, Scotland) and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada), with artists:
Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith, and Camille Turner
Chloë Lum + Yannick Desranleau
Victoria Sin

The human body in all of its iterations is performative. Grounded by materiality, our bodies are caught forever in a flux of becoming, responsive to the innumerable possibilities of being immutably different and other.

Bringing together a broad spectrum of artists and collaborations from Canada, the exhibition draws out and delineates the rich scope of aesthetic, critical, and philosophical positions underscoring the politics of the performative body. Recognising the implicit struggles against colonialism, patriarchy, and capitalism waged on and within the body, the exhibition actively asserts the necessity of claiming ownership of the body throughout its performative and discursive iterations.

Indicating and referencing the multitude of cultures, psychologies, identities, and genders at stake in the artists’ works, the exhibtion addresses the dynamics of power and its resistant double, the unrestrained agency of becoming. Underscored by this ambtion Ambiguous Becoming offers a portrayal of bodies in the moment of their resistance to the twin horrors of objectification and unfettered consumption.

Victoria Sin, Part Three/Cthuthu Through the Looking Glass from the series Narrative Reflections on Looking (video still), 2017.

Victoria Sin, Part Three/Cthuthu Through the Looking Glass from the series Narrative Reflections on Looking (video still), 2017.