Jeanne Crépeau Cartes sur table
Opening on November 5 at 4 pm
In the video installation Cartes sur table, the artist offers a reflection on mother-daughter relationships through a game of bridge: a neutral communication system which becomes a meeting point between the two women.
“Two monitors face each other. In each of the monitors there is a character looking into the camera, or at the spectator, or at the other person facing her. These two characters are a mother (mine) and her daughter (me). Taking the game of bridge and its convention as a topic of conversation, the two women engage in a discussion. The mother is passionate about the game. Her daughter does not understand. Their discussions are riddled with words and expressions completely obscure to a “layperson”. The mother talks about her best games of bridge while the daughter asks questions. How can the complex nature of the connections between them be revealed through the coded language of their bodies, as expressed by their intonations, movements and gazes. J.C.
Four of Jeanne Crépeau’s earlier works are also presented in the video room: the video versions of the films L’usure, Le film de Justine and Claire et l’obscurité; as well as the video Gerçure.
Born in 1961, Jeanne Crépeau lives and works in Montréal. In 1985, she participated in a National Film Board training program, and, parallel to her studies, co-directed her first short film, L’usure. She then founded LES FILMS DE L’AUTRE, which brought together a dozen young film-makers in a concerted effort for self-production. Jeanne Crépeau has directed several films including Le film de Justine and Claire et l’obscurité and has recently created her own production company, BOX FILM. She will always be head over heel for the TOM KAH GAI (a chicken soup with coconut milk from Chao Phraya.