Not wild, but still life

Rodrigo Frías Becerra | Nancy Samara Guzmán Fernández |

Opening on Thursday November 27th at 5pm In the gallery from November 24th to December 21st 2014

LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE welcomes the Mexican artist Nancy Samara Guzmán Fernández for a site-specific residency from September 2 to December 21. The opening of ‘’ Not wild, but still life ’’ will take place on November 27 2014 in the centre’s exhibition. Guzmán Fernández centers her work on bureaucracy; this arm of the government that should be helping the people gain access to services, but that, more often than not, crushes us under the inescapable weight of paper forms to be filled. Guzmán Fernández has started this research in Mexico in February 2014 with her work entitled Regrese Mañana (come back tomorrow). In that instance Guzmán Fernández had created a bureaucratic space complete with security guards, the public had to fill in forms in order to gain access to the exhibition. They were systematically told to ‘’come back tomorrow ‘’. In Quebec City, Nancy Samara Guzmán Fernández started her work with some bureaucratic tourism (a visit of several government buildings) seeking the aesthetic involved in the City’s bureaucracy. She visited several buildings and was finally charmed by the Marie-Guyart building, better known in Quebec City, as the Complexe G. It became her guiding light, her monolith. In only one day she went up and down the 30 levels of the building, research its’ history, immersed herself in its particular aesthetic. She marvelled at the profusion of plants kept alive not by Mother Nature but by the employees roaming the place on the daytime. In the company of her partner Rodrigo Frías Becerra, she imagines the space coming alive once empty of human presence. She proposes an installation of photographs, paintings and paper sculpture, a universe where plants, furniture and other symbols of bureaucracy come alive at night in a dream-like state. The public is invited to dive into a slightly askew bureaucratic, almost Kafkaesque, installation. Following their findings both artists come to the conclusion that the Quebec government is maternal in its essence, while the Mexican government is more like an absent an abusive father. We must add that thinking of their 43 brothers and sisters missing, both artists insisted to include this sentence in the press release: ‘’We want to know where are the 43 students’’. There is not doubt that the shadow of these missing students will hover over this work in progress.


Bio

Rodrigo Frías Becerra est originaire de Cuernavaca, Morelos: la ville avec une plus grande piscine par rapport au nombre d’habitant et le nombre d'enlèvements le plus élevé dans le pays. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en arts plastiques et d’une carrière de douze ans en tant que directeur artistique et producteur de films, Frías Becerra prend le rôle d’un explorateur.

Bio

Fille d’une créatrice de mode et d’un entraîneur de soccer, Nancy Samara Guzmán Fernández est diplômée d'un baccalauréat en arts visuels à l'Université de Guadalajara. Elle a un diplôme technique en communications et en études photographique et cinématographique. Certaines de ses influences sont Franz Kafka, Fluxus et les Beach Boys.

Démarche

Mon travail a toujours été inspiré par des pratiques bureaucratiques, cet intérêt particulier provient d'une croyance personnelle que nos systèmes sont en miroir de notre compréhension du monde qui en même temps se nourrit des processus créés précédemment. De plus, la bureaucratie a des défauts largement connus pris en compte par la culture. Je trouve cela extrêmement intéressant et fertile en raison de ses possibilités esthétiques et les valeurs qui sont, tout comme l'art, des représentations physiques de notre esprit.




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