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Blind, 2004-2005

Geneviève Cadieux
Canadian, 1955
chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, aluminum frame
182.9 x 233.7 cm
Puchased 2005
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (no. 2005.89)
© Cadieux, Geneviève

For nearly thirty years, Geneviève Cadieux has metaphorically explored the photographic medium through images of the skin and more recently landscape. Both subjects can retain imprints and traces of interaction, in much the way photographic film preserves the action of light on its surface. Here the artist presents her subject in a minimal fashion: the horizon is barely discernable, the field only slightly variegated in colour, and the remnants of dark vegetation emerge from the snow much like hair from skin. Her spare and monochromatic presentation holds the viewer in a state of suspension; the work becomes a surface upon which we project our ideas, thoughts and desires. Blind recalls the works of abstract painters as well as the snow studies of American photographer Harry Callahan, who strove to emphasize the sensuality of his subject matter through a rigorous, austere approach.

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