A Quarter of Half the Void

© M. Lalic, 2019

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© M. Lalic, 2019

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The backbone of this project is composed of used tables found in the street. By asserting the idea of a heterogeneous collective but tightly woven, they impose a point of view in opposition to an installation device made of sections of individual actions waiting to be assembled. Marked by our habits of life based on programmed obsolescence, my field of action goes through a deployment of energy that runs empty. By caricaturing the foundations of the sculpture that operates by adding and / or subtracting material, my actions contradict each other: add to divide, cut to complete, inlay to hollow out, remove to wall up. A Quarter of Half the Void is a tragicomic exploratory site which refers to our capitalist society that prefabricates and standardizes our desires and needs. The sculptural and the action are anchored in a combinatorial logic: ergonomic sections are built by ricochet effects. As if in Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin stuck in the rhythm of an assembly line thought for his body, voluntarily provokes accidents.

* Manuela Lalic will continue her exploration with occasional sequences of actions during the exhibition.

Manuela Lalic acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Press: Jérôme Delgado, Le Devoir, 2019

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Manuela Lalic

Manuela Lalic is of French-Serbian origins. She has lived and worked in Montreal since 1997. Her work has been presented in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Her artistic inclinations have led her to do several international residencies, notably in New York (residency of the Canada Council for the Arts-International Studio and Curatorial Program, 2009), in Rajasthan, India (Sandarbh Artist Residency, 2013/2014) and in Yaoundé, Cameroon (short residency at the 2016 Ravy Biennale). She received the 2009 Pratt and Whitney Scholarship from the Montreal Arts Council and was a finalist for the 2012 and 2014 Powerhouse Awards. Since 2015, Manuela Lalic has been a lecturer at UQAM's School of Visual and Media Arts.