Leading with Women
Experience an intriguing monumental work by one of Canada’s most celebrated women artists.
Supported by the Scotiabank Photography Program at the National Gallery of Canada.
Quebec artist Geneviève Cadieux’s Barcelone invites visitors and passersby to reflect on how personal interactions can affect us, especially during a global pandemic.
Cadieux observes and interprets the human dimension through her own lens. This work documents an uneasy interaction between two lovers, evoking a psychological tension that is particularly expressed in the woman’s body language. While the bright setting is devoid of any point of reference, images of the sun in various positions in the sky suggest the passing of the day and time.
Barcelone, whose title plays with the French and English words “seul” and “alone,” speaks to a state of detachment and distance, as well as a longing for moments of connection and embrace.
The sequence of nine large-scale photographs is a reworking of a key series produced by Cadieux in 2003. Reflecting the theatrical and cinematic conventions that lie at the heart of her artistic practice, Barcelone also highlights the changing nature of art, as society and current events continually inform and affect us.
I'm interested in how the passage of time is experienced in the work, and how that affects perception of an idea — whether expressed via sound, photography or video — as well as its resulting impact on visual and audio perception — Geneviève Cadieux