Catherine Plaisance - Désordre

Galerie BAC is proud to present “Désordre”, an exhibition of the latest body of work by artist Catherine Plaisance. The exhibition will be held from March 20th to April 12th 2014. The opening reception begins at 5pm Thursday March 20th with the artist in attendance.

"Désordre" features a maquette made up of three rotating sets situated in the center of the gallery space. This maquette was previously used to create 2 video sequences and 9 large format photographs depicting various dramatic and accidental situations. Being in close proximity to each other, the three rotating sets have cross-contaminated each other during the documentation process. The video sequences of the sculpture are enhanced and transformed by the moving backdrop. The result is the production of a wide variety of images and interactions between the various sets and situations initiating from the original maquette.

In this new exhibition, Catherine Plaisance plays with the idea of representation, suggesting that a unique event may contain several readings. In this way, the artist sets forth the idea that one can create multiple versions of the same event and many ways of representing and understanding the possible realities. The use of disrupted settings leads to the fragmentation of the drama, which in turn emphasizes the idea of the image’s incapacity to adequately re-transcribe the dramatic subject. In effect, images of disasters inevitably carry within them a sort of trivialization related to their inability to properly convey the overwhelming sense of powerlessness of the victims and witnesses left at the site of any catastrophe. In that sense, the installation reaffirms the fiction and pretence presented by the images.

The artists would like to thank the SODEC, le Centre Sagamie and le Centre Clark for their support.


Catherine Plaisance was born in Lotbinière in 1978 and currently lives and works in Montreal. She completed her Masters Degree in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM which was financed by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. She was active in the group of artists Les Fermières Obsédées from 2001 to 2009. She is a Fellow of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2011, she was awarded the Prix Sylvie and Simon Blais pour la relève en Arts Visuels.  Plaisance has shown her work in Canada, in the United States and in Europe. Her work can be found in the collections of the City of Montreal, Quebec City, L’Oeil de Poisson, Cirque du Soleil, the David Suzuki Foundation and many private collections. 

The artistic practice of Catherine Plaisance is characterized by her research centered on the aesthetics of disaster. By integrating dystopian events into the device of landscape, Plaisance ruptures the normal day to day panorama of things. Her works depicting individual dramas, accidents or disasters make us think about the inherent fragility of our participation in life. By exploring the aesthetics of disaster, Plaisance increases her call to action; she intends to explore, conjure, denounce, exceed and always to transfigure this real catastrophe. In addition to a preoccupation with ecology, this theme in Plaisance’s practice culminates from a vast range of events and experiences that have marked her.