The Montréal artist Jocelyne Alloucherie presented several works in a solo exhibition at the Palazzo Brandolini Rota in Venice in June 2009. Entitled Lames, Poussières, Sirènes, the exhibition was curated by Claude Gosselin, director and artistic director of CIAC - Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal, and included ten photographs and ten sculptures, including one looking onto the Grand Canal. The exhibition was a collaboration between the Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale Villa Giulia in Verbania, the TAI agency in Turin and CIAC in Montréal.
"My configurations try always to juxtapose in contiguous spaces aspects of contrasting natures which articulate solidity, permanence, hesitation, uncertainty, fragility and the ephemeral. Hence the feeling of appropriation and dispossession that they give rise to and which constitute their philosophical underpinnings", Jocelyne Alloucherie writes about her work.
The work "Lames II" is suggestive of dust storms; it addresses contemporary climatic concerns, without this being the sole aspect of the work. This artificial landscape, an extension of Alloucherie's concerns, contrasts and confronts the ephemeral and the permanent, the familiar and the strange, solidity and precariousness.
These ephemeral drawings of black sand blown onto photographs of clouds are configurations recorded directly by a very large-format scanner, giving the illusion of strange sandstorms.
A catalogue has been published to accopany the event. Jocelyne Alloucherie, Oeuvres choisies 2004-2009, includes a text by Françoise Paviot and an interview between the artist and the art critic René Viau. (www.ciac.ca/fr/publications)
Presented to coincide with the opening of the visual arts section of the Venice Biennial, the exhibition was a good opportunity for Alloucherie to have her work seen by many professionals in the art field. Their reactions were quite positive, and some works were selected for exhibitions in France.
The project received financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec via its Délégation générale in Rome, and from Air Transat.
On the Italian side, the exhibition was sponsored by the Régione Piémonte, the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali of the Italian government and the Canadian embassy in Rome.
We would like to thank for their valuable assiatnce : Jocelyne Alloucherie, Andrea Busto, Giuseppe Galimi, Marie Labelle, Johanne Larivière-Tieri, Françoise Paviot, Amalia Daniela Renosto and René Viau.