Velibor Božović, Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron at Les Territoires

Velibor Božović: My Prisoner
Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron: Euh… non pas le premier soir. Les jeunes filles ne veulent pas d’histoire

Exhibition: April 24 to May 23 2015
Vernissage: April 24 2015 at 6 pm

Galerie Les Territoires is proud to annouce these two exhibitions as part of MAPPE, an exhibition and mentorship program that provides emerging artists with basic tools for embarking upon and developping their artistic careers. Artist-mentor : Chih-Chien Wang

Velibor Božović
My Prisoner is a video work that reconstructs an event that occurred on 3 April 1994 in Bosnia. It shows a young man being escorted by an army intelligence officer to visit his imprisoned father. As the men travel side-by-side in the back seat of a car Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd begins to play on the car radio. The young man acknowledges the music and tries to make conversation but the officer does not even recognize the track. A composite of autobiography, documentary and fiction, My Prisoner navigates through the space where the historical, the personal and the fictional simultaneously interfere with and enhance one another.

Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron
Euh…non pas le premier soir. Les jeunes filles ne veulent pas d’histoire delves into mechanisms of seduction and how young girls’ figures often seem to provide easy access to perfect, malleable bodies. The female body was a territory of male conquest, a trophy, a site of projection. The boundary between fashion models, sexually radiant girls and inflatable dolls is fragile. Revisiting some of the characteristic codes of this fantasied space, Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron examines the motif of the young girl: a motif of luxurious commodities and commodification. The doll sells the dream (and also the insurance), she is the source of fantasy… The hussy commands respect and brings about all that is sellable. She is the commodity that we can’t burn easily because doing it would be painful.

(Text: Les Territoires)
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