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Mathieu Beauséjour
From September 6th 2003 to October 11th 2003
Flight Out of Time

Le mois de la photo à Montréal
"NOW. Images of present time"

General curator: Vincent Lavoie

Mathieu Beauséjour’s “semiotic terrorism,” in the tradition of Dada and Situationism, proceeds from a scholarly and subversive reading of the century’s cult movements and extreme ideals. It is in this sense a history lesson. Images put to unintended uses, adulterated sounds and found objects—whatever the materials used—always carry within them a historical tension and symbolic charge, as well as violence. Here a slow-motion sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange meets a remixed version of the Internationale.

Born in 1970 in Montreal, Quebec. A self-taught artist, Mathieu Beauséjour has been exhibiting his installations regularly since the mid-1990s. His projects Survival Virus de Survie (1991-1999) and Internationale Virologie Numismatique (ongoing since 1999) have been shown in various places throughout Canada and France. Beauséjour also does interventions and manoeuvres, and recently published a visual essay in Parachute (“Empire,” no. 110, 2003). He has received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition to being a cultural worker with the Clark Gallery and the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec, he is a utopian anarchist and a zoo keeper. He is represented by Galerie Joyce Yahouda in Montreal. He lives and works in Montréal.