Isabelle Hayeur (2012-05-10)

Isabelle Hayeur
Practice: Multi-Media Artist
Date of lecture: 2012-05-10

Isabelle-HayeurModel Homes (2004-2007)

Since the late 1990s, Isabelle Hayeur has been known for large-format digital montages her videos and her site-specific installations. Both appealing and alarming, her work present vast landscapes that denounce the no-man’s-lands that modern and contemporary civilizations allow to emerge. She invites us to observe the “landscape” dimension of the world with a foreign sentiment that places us on the lookout for modern and contemporary industrial developments. Hayeur’s work questions the impact of western development models on environment and invites us to think about the states of the landscape. The unknown, or unknowable, places she fabricates draw attention to the non-places that surround us. Between the critical regard and the disturbance, she creates a unique attraction, difficult to name or qualify, to these disenchanted zones, which are as if dehumanized because they are too humanized.

Isabelle Hayeur was born in Montreal (Quebec) in 1969. Her artworks have been shown in the context of numerous exhibitions and festivals. She has taken part in several important exhibitions, among others at the National Gallery of Canada, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), at the Musée d’art contemporain of Montreal (MACM), at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MassMoca), at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MoCP), at the Tampa Museum of Art, at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York, at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, at Akbank Sanat in Istanbul, at the New York Photography Festival and at Les rencontres de la photographie in Arles, France.

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