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Pascal Grandmaison: Soleil différé

Pascal Grandmaison: Soleil différé June 10 to August 13, 2017 Pascal Grandmaison’s Soleil différé (2010) is an absorbing visual essay that documents the current state of Expo 67, Canada’s first universal exposition site. Filmed on location on Montreal’s Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame, this single-channel video installation evokes with a detached eye the effects of time and nature on this once utopian environment.

In its day, Expo 67 was a showcase for current technological advances and progressive dreams for the future. These aspirations were reflected in the theme, Man and His World / Terre des hommes, as well as in the fair architecture, which included Buckminster Fuller’s ultramodern geodesic dome for the U.S.A. pavilion.

Due to the overwhelming success of Expo 67, the site remained open as a theme park until a steady decline in attendance forced its closure in 1981. Despite revitalization efforts, nature has slowly reclaimed many of the park’s spaces and structures. Grandmaison’s work meditates on this process and documents the site’s afterlife through a sequence of ghostly black-and-white scenes. Treating his subject as a kind of ruin, Grandmaison’s video is void of human activity with the exception a lone surfer who rides the massive waves which rise in the channel bordering the man-made islands.

As critic Anja Bock explains: “Soleil différé points to the failure of the modernist dream to realize an era of technological ease and leisure…. Modernism has passed into history, taking hyper-rationalism and positivism with it” (Prefix Photo 25, Spring/Summer 2012).

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - Sunday, August 13th, 2017
All Day

Ticket Price: Free Admission
Venue: MacKenzie Art Gallery
Address: 3475 Albert Street

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