GABRIELLE LAJOIE-BERGERON | MASCHA - BONNE FÊTE CHÉRIE!
From November 17 to December 17, 2022.
"Mascha - Bonne fête Chérie!" questions the notion of celebration in the intimate, public, and political space. Highlighting evocative traces of a past event, this vivid new corpus allows us to imagine a universe in itself. Inspired by the figure of the “mascha,” the etymological root of the word “mask,” also meaning witch in Low Latin, the exhibition marshals a vast diversity of works, including a number of faux visages (false faces) made of various materials. “Bonne fête Chérie ! ” is a French expression meaning, in common parlance, “Happy Birthday. ”Chérie”, in its feminine form, means ‘my dear’ but is generally used in a pejorative way when addressing women - a form of possession/invisibilization/objectification.
Inspired by festivities and their rituals, the project question notions of overflow and excess, and the flashpoint in which fiction and reality overlap. It is about identity, power, and relationships. If the party makes it possible to become someone else, to live a rite of passage, what happens when the event overflows beyond the dancing, the singing, the feast, and the simple drinking? The big party invoked by Lajoie-Bergeron refers to the capricious masquerade that we offer in our time, when the celebration begins to lose its glamour and to lurch into incipient violence and other abuses.
- Opening with the artist Saturday, November 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.