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Mathieu Beauséjour, Rebecca Belmore, Daniel Olson
From September 30th 2003 to October 1st 2003
Art Forum Berlin : Illuminations

Curators: Marie Fraser, Marie-Josée Lafortune

These artists all work in tandem with reality using objects and situations whose banal appearance harbours momentous potentiality. In their way, they testify to a failing of the image and propose actions that correspond to precise cultural contexts, imbued with violence and poetry. In an international art fair, their critical sense becomes a real antidote to marketplace values.

September 30, 2003(4:00pm – 9:00pm)
Opening and action by Rebecca Belmore

For the eighth edition of the Berlin Art Forum, contemporary art centre OPTICA is hosting a program consisting of three curated exhibitions broaching experiences and images connected to specific cultural contexts. In a world where borders are fading away, local identities are gaining momentum. Each of the present exhibitions, held in the presence of the artists and curators, is testimony to that fact.

Mathieu Beauséjour develops his work from the point of view of “semiotic terrorism.” Systematically questioning the place and mode of dissemination, he subverts the materials and the concepts of power, alienation, and oppression, intervening as much in daily life as in the art system. Mathieu Beauséjour is represented by Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montréal.

For the past ten years, in installations, site-specific works, and performance art pieces, Rebecca Belmore has been exploring issues of identity and place. Belmore's performances refer to her First Nations heritage — she is of Ojibwe origin — and show a desire to address current issues and immediate contexts. Rebecca Belmore is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto.

Daniel Olson is a multidisciplinary artist interested inbasic household objects that he playfully and audibly transforms, either for presentation in exhibitions or for use in performances. The domestic universe, the immediate environment, and the private and public dimension of people's lives are likely the most important aspects of his artistic practice in recent years.

Marie Fraser is an art historian and independent curator. Mostly realized for specific contexts, her curatorial projects have addressed notions of public and private places, urban and domestic lives.

Marie-Josée Lafortune is an artist and curator. She is the director of Optica, where she has been active since 1993 in disseminating and promoting the critical and publishing activities of the centre.