Mathieu Beauséjour Claudine Hubert Icarus. Empire Falls

Date(s): Jan 14th 2011

Exhibition

Mathieu Beauséjour, détail de l’exposition Icarus. Empire Falls/La chute de l’empire, 2011. Photo : Paul Litherland

Opening and book launch on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5 pm

Commented visit with the artist and the curator (in French with bilingual Q & A) on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 3 pm

The myth of Icarus is an embodiment of the spirit’s measureless ambition, of the intellect gone mad and of a hunger for power. Thinking of the civilizations that venerated the sun, we can only note their fall. I do not think our contemporary world will escape this: the sun literally burning away our skins, drying the earth and disrupting the magnetic fields. As in myth, the current forms of power lay bare the irrationality and hunger they carry within. From this thought, and this point of view, from the moment in the myth in which Icarus hovers in mid-air, in which he desires, in which he aspires to his freedom and his death, I draw an allegory of the fall of Capitalism’s empire.” [M.B.]

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Mathieu Beauséjour, détail de l’exposition Icarus. Empire Falls/La chute de l’empire, 2011. Photo : Paul Litherland

Autodidact, Mathieu Beauséjour has been presenting his installations, interventions and images since the mid 1990s. His work has been shown in Canada, in Europe and the Americas in artist-run spaces, private and public galleries, museums, biennials and festivals. He is represented by Galerie Éponyme in Bordeaux (France).

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Claudine Hubert is a writer and independent curator of digital and visual art, with a interest in the artistic potential of AI, in performance and institutional structures. She has been active in the Canadian cultural milieu for over fifteen years, beginning with the Symposium International d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in the early 2000s, and co-founding Third Space Gallery in Saint John, NB where she managed publications and community outreach.

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

Icarus. La chute de l’empire Icarus. Empire Falls. Mathieu Beauséjour – Photos Paul Litherland

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