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David Altmejd, Pitseoslak Ashoona, Mindy Yan Miller
From October 4th 2003 to October 5th 2003
Art Forum Berlin : Licht

Curator : François Dion

This exhibition situates itself in the current international context of war-time conflict, understood in its darkest reality. The three works deal in contrasting manner with a “vital force” indissociable from the human spirit, a vitality perceived through a hyper-matter, the source of fascination. One's gaze and attention give over to light, the exacerbated revelation of a resurgence that generates a peaceful counter-event, a symptomatic “illumination,” a healthy intoxication.

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.

David Altmejd was born in Montreal and now lives in New York. His work is essentially of a sculptural nature, and demonstrates a fascination for setting humanity adrift in hyper-material fictional constructs. He has been invited to participate in the 8th Istanbul Biennial, in 2003.

Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) was a renowned visual artist and an active member of the Cape Dorset community, the Mecca of Inuit printmaking. Bearing witness to life in the Great North, her works are part of important public and private collections.

Mindy Yan Miller lives in Montreal. A graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, she has exhibited widely in Canada. Her multidisciplinary work and her installations evoke the human desire to reach beyond one's physical and social constraints.

François Dion is a graduate in art history and works in Montreal. From 1998 to 2001, he was director of Gallery 101, in Ottawa. He is an independent curator and now heads the Artexte Information Centre. Currently, he is preparing an exhibition of photography for the Ottawa Art Gallery.