CV114 - Gisele Amantea, Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016 — An interview by Jacques Doyon
Ciel variable 114 - Masses | Monuments (Winter 2020)
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Gisele Amantea, Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016
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Entrevue avec Jacques Doyon / An interview by Jacques Doyon
Jacques Doyon: What is the origin of the work Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016? How did the idea emerge? Why Syria? And what prompted you to work from an existing image of a disaster?
Gisele Amantea: I was invited by curator Emily Falvey to participate in the group exhibition Here Be Dragons. The theme of the exhibition, which took place at Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa in the fall of 2018, was to present the work of artists who “explore a range of contemporary art practices engaged in social critique and strategies of political resistance that deploy ambiguous, symbolic images to summon active interpretation on the part of the viewer.”1 Emily was interested in having me create a site-specific work for a particularly large, challenging space in the gallery. The invitation appealed to me for two reasons. First, I have made many ephemeral, large-scale site installations in which I sought to transform the viewer’s experience by altering what I came to think of as the “skin” of the architecture. These works were immersive – made directly on the surfaces of specific spaces in galleries and museums. Second, these works have been intended to provoke viewers, physically and psychologically, to consider pertinent social and political issues....
Language: French and English
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Bibliographical ReferenceJacques Doyon, "Gisele Amantea, Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016 - Entrevue avec Jacques Doyon", Ciel variable, no 114, Montréal, 2020, p. 32-39.