Isabelle Hayeur. Formes de monuments

Isabelle Hayeur, Monument aux hommes des carrières III, from the serie Formes de monuments, 2008-2009, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist.

Isabelle Hayeur, Le Congo Reconnaissant I, II et III, from the serie Formes de monuments, 2008-2009, chromogenic prints, 61 x 91 cm each. Courtesy of the artist.

Isabelle Hayeur, Le Congo Reconnaissant I, II et III, from the serie Formes de monuments, 2008-2009, chromogenic prints, 61 x 91 cm each. Courtesy of the artist.

Isabelle Hayeur, Le Congo Reconnaissant I, II et III, from the serie Formes de monuments, 2008-2009, chromogenic prints, 61 x 91 cm each. Courtesy of the artist.

Isabelle Hayeur, Monument aux bâtisseurs de ville I, from the serie Formes de monuments, 2008-2009, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist.

2009.05.13 - 06.21

Isabelle Hayeur

Curator
Claudine Roger


This exhibition is part of the cooperation project Wallonie-Bruxelles/Québec and a collaboration between VOX and Espace photographique Contretype.


From May 13 to June 21, 2009, Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium.

CLAUDINE ROGER

Since the end of the 1990s, Isabelle Hayeur has been taking panoramic photographs which reveal her unusual critique of the North American anthropic landscape. Her images represent places where the debate over land-use is being played out, such as the division of land into building-plots on the outskirts of towns, waste ground, places where the landscape is being exploited and other unusual and disenchanted locations. The artist’s ultra-realist landscapes are, nevertheless, a little artificial, because they have been made using different sources. Just like a painter, Isabelle Hayeur retouches existing landscapes and uses fragments of images from a variety of origins and temporalities, and nimble-fingeredly produces a displacement of meaning, constructing very strange places, at the outer limits of probability. The unknown, or unknowable, places she constructs by blending different places together into one, demonstrate weaknesses that focus our attention on our relationship with the environment; the transformation and development of towns and citie; the strata of urban history; the insertion of townas and cities into the countryside, and the many different styles of urban living. Her latest project, Formes de monuments (2008-2009) was created in Brussels within this framework. By juxtaposing urban blight and public statuary, these new compositions metaphorically show the changing city and the uneasy cohabitation of standardised town-planning with cultural identity. The result of this cohabitation are images that are seductive and disturbing at the same time, located between devastated land and the commemorative spaces of history.

We wish to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels and the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris.

Biography

Isabelle Hayeur

Isabelle Hayeur

Born in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. She obtained an MFA in Visual Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002. A media arts practitioner, she…

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