Bodies in Trouble exhibit at SAW Gallery

by Jackson

Hélène Lefebvre

I am happy to announce the inclu­sion of four pho­tographs from Play­ing House in the upcom­ing inter­na­tional group show Bod­ies in Trou­ble at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. Here is a descrip­tion of the exhi­bi­tion by SAW Gallery, details follow:

An exhi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic works and doc­u­men­ta­tion of per­for­mance art span­ning over 50 years, Bod­ies in Trou­ble takes an inspir­ing look at the human plight to sur­vive and to fight for free­dom. Shar­ing many aes­thetic and con­cep­tual con­cerns, pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic work and per­for­mance doc­u­men­ta­tion are often labeled as rem­nants of past events; in this exhi­bi­tion, they are unabashedly pre­sented as visual art. With sub­jec­tive, poetic and at times sub­ver­sive prac­tices, the ten pho­tog­ra­phers and per­form­ers invited from Canada, Spain, France, the United States and the UK bring hope and light in a world that can be extremely dark. Bod­ies in Trou­ble includes such his­tor­i­cal works as Leap into the Void (1960) by Yves Klein, the Pulitzer-Prize– win­ning The Kiss of Life (1968) by Rocco Mora­bito and a never-before-seen restored pho­to­graphic panel (circa 1954) by acclaimed film­maker Maya Deren. Many of the pho­tographs pre­sented in the exhi­bi­tion will be shown in Canada for the first time.

The cura­tor, Ste­fan St-Laurent, has put together a provoca­tive and haunt­ing exhi­bi­tion. I am thrilled to exhibit with this group of pho­tog­ra­phers, including:

Maya Deren (New York, USA)
Cristina Gar­cía Rodero (Madrid, Spain)
Yves Klein (Paris, France)
Rocco Mora­bito (Miami, USA)
Greta Pratt (Nor­folk, VA, USA)
Lana Šlezić (Toronto)
Paul M. Smith (Lon­don, UK)
Jana Ster­bak (Mon­tréal)
and Alex Webb (New York, USA)

Over the next two weeks I will high­light the work of some of the artists in the show and take a closer look at my own pho­tos. In the mean­time, here are the details for the opening:

Bod­ies in Trou­ble Exhi­bi­tion Opening

Thurs­day, July 22, 8PM — 2AM

Galerie SAW Galery
67, rue Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON, Canada K1N 7B9

Music with  DJ BEAR wit­ness (Ottawa)

Cash bar

Updates and dis­cus­sion at the Face­book page:!/event.php?eid=134897893198482&ref=ts

There will also be a talk in Sep­tem­ber dur­ing Fes­ti­val X. I will post more infor­ma­tion at that time.

Ontario Arts Council

Inclu­sion of pho­tographs from Play­ing House in Bod­ies in Trou­ble at Galerie SAW Gallery was made pos­si­ble by an exhi­bi­tion assis­tance grant from the Ontario Arts Council.