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Romeo Gongora
From January 13th 2006 to February 18th 2006
Logiques de l'arrachement

On the one hand, a man, slumped in pain, keeps vigil over the body of a dead woman; on the other, a teenage girl confronts her mother. "Logiques de l’arrachement" brings together individuals trying to free themselves of the emotional weight that confines them.

The videos Acte de foi and Fort-Da [O-o-o-o, A-a-a-a] invite actors to delve into emotional situations articulated around the process of destruction / repair / creation / recovery. This sequence lends structure to the experience of tearing away, at the centre of the themes of mourning and matricide broached in the staging of the loss, real or symbolic, of the mother. In the first video, the recreation of the mother’s death, by a woman simulating death and a man reliving the pain of mourning, reproduces the passage from destruction to rebirth. In the second, a young girl’s surge of unrepressed hate broaches the act of matricide: through a prohibited gesture, she transgresses the maternal yoke and begins her transition from adolescence to adulthood. In its turn, the activation of the cycle of destruction / recovery summons the potential for resurrection that resides in representation, and ushers a dialogue between falsity and truth.

This project follows up on the thematic and formal explorations presented in Les lois de l’indifférence (2004-2005), where the actors, undergoing an experience of otherness, become mirrors of themselves. These issues of identity are overlaid by a social dimension that reveals a Latin-American diaspora and prefigures an immigrant culture. These reflections are shadowed by the mix of pictorial, photographic and video languages made possible in the tension between fixed and moving images.
- Roméo Gongora

Romeo Gongora is a young artist living in Montreal. He completed a master’s degree in visual and media arts at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2005. His video practice explores a mix of pictorial, photographic and video languages in stagings that are imbued with lyrical realism. In 2006-2007, his work will be presented at Centre Culturel de Rencontre, Abbaye de Neumünster (Luxembourg), Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec), and Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto). He will also participate in the outdoor group project "Habiter", organized by Vu, Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie (Quebec City), in summer 2006.

Bibliographie
- Bouchard, Marie-Ginette, «Perpectives Fantasmagoriques», Vie des Arts, no 201, hiver 2005-2006, p.22.