Irit Batsry Commissaire : Valérie Lamontagne To Leave and to Take

Date(s): Sep 13 to Oct 19 1997


To Leave and to Take

Irit Batrsy, view fro, the exhibition To Leave and to Take, 1997. Photo : Denis Farley

Opening on Saturday, September 13, at 4 pm

Artist talk on Wednesday, September 17 at 8 pm as part of the Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Vidéographe presents the video trilogy Passage to Utopia at the Cinémathèque Québécoise on September 16 and 25, 1997

To Leave and to Take was elaborated during a residency at OBORO

In To Leave and to Take, Irit Batsry uses a simple basic unit: a “hand” made of rice. The rice hands (about 2000 of them, adding up to one ton of rice) are dispersed in the space as traces of an itinerary and as a “building blocks” for shelter units. The shelter units, reminiscent of sand bag barricades, can be perceived as half built or half destroyed. Video tapes, in evoking a Sisyphean endeavor, are projected in this darkened, transformed space.

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To Leave and to Take

Irit Batrsy, view fro, the exhibition To Leave and to Take, 1997. Photo : Denis Farley

Irit Batsry is an internationally acclaimed, New York based artist, working mainly in video and installations since 1981. Her work has been shown in museum exhibitions, festivals and television broadcast in 30 different countries. In her video work she uses painterly images and poetic texts to question notions of perception, language, memory and identity. This is her first installation to be shown and developed in Canada. Her tapes were presented in Montréal at the Festival International du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias (1987, 1988, 1996) and at the Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique (1995, 1997).

Valérie Lamontagne is a freelance art critic, curator and artist. Her writings have been published in C, Mix Magazine, Etc Montréal and Parachute. She co-curated The Space Between II at the Saidye Bronfman Centre (1995) and Compact Abundance at articule (1996), and presented at OBORO Hybrid Cultures: works from Mexico City and Montréal (1997). She is presently undertaking an M.F.A. in Painting at Concordia University.