LES CHOSES
ERIC HARVIE THEATRE WEST LOBBY via WALTER PHILLIPS GALLERY
BANFF, AB, CANADA
02 - 2013 to 06 - 2013

Les Choses (2012-2013)

Inkjet prints on matte paper, framed, 10 images, dimensions variable.

Exhibition presented in the context of EXPOSURE

Curators / Commissaires : Peta Rake + Shauna Thompson


Celia Perrin Sidarous’ ongoing photographic series Les Choses (“things”) is an exploration of material life and the act of understanding the world through objects, spaces, and gestures—both central considerations of her dedicated studio practice. One reading of these photographs could call on the formal languages of colour, form, and shape; however, the images also offer a considered way of looking at collected objects and the visual rhetoric of the studio.

For Perrin Sidarous, the studio represents a stage of potential and possibility, and a place of resistance from the popular and crowded world of things, where prescribed meaning exists within objects. It is in this studio environment that the artist subverts the way objects are fixed within a particular order of knowledge by constructing scenarios or fictions through intuitive sculptural assemblages. Working via a process of adding, rearranging, removing, and photographing objects, Perrin Sidarous searches for the moment where a synergy sparks between and among them—a moment of associative enchantment.

The images presented here reference histories of still-life, interior arrangement, and the placement of objects for display and exhibition, but also throw into confusion the conditions through which we typically interpret and navigate commonplace things. In light of their reconsideration within the internal logic of the studio, Perrin Sidarous questions the slippery territory between the subjective and objective nature of les choses.

Perrin Sidarous is the 2011 recipient of the Barbara Spohr Memorial Award for Photography, presented to exceptional Visual Arts alumni on a biennial basis.

- Peta Rake and Shauna Thompson, curators


Walter Phillips Gallery and Celia Perrin Sidarous gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Spohr family.


Documentation photographs by Meghan Krauss, courtesy of Walter Phillips Gallery and The Banff Centre

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