Saskia Olde Wolbers at the Musée d'art contemporain



    MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal and
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal present Saskia Olde Wolbers.
    This year Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal celebrates its 10th presentation
from September 6 to October 21. The city will be illuminated by a
constellation of over 30 solo exhibitions and public space interventions
spread out in various sites throughout Montreal, all organized around the
theme Replaying Narrative, developed by Guest Curator Marie Fraser. Artists
from Quebec, Canada and abroad (from the two Americas, Europe, and Asia) will
present works highlighting the various ways of rethinking the narrativity of
the image. All exhibitions and activities are free of charge.
    Saskia Olde Wolbers often takes the inspiration for her stories from
actual news articles, television documentaries, and urban legends. In Trailer
(2005), narration of fictional stories in the style of media reportage of real
events provides the sound track, while the visual focus alternates between the
maroon-coloured interior of a cinema and an extraordinarily lush jungle. In
fact these are intricately handcrafted sets, manipulated in a way that
redefines boundaries between film, sculpture, installation and painting.

    Saskia Olde Wolbers
    Born in Breda, The Netherlands, in 1971
    Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

    Saskia Olde Wolbers' narrative videos draw us into unknown worlds between
the imaginary and a dream-state. Based on real events, newspaper stories and
documentary films, her chronicles are replete with holes, lacunae and missing
bits of information - precisely the gaps in which her imagination flourishes.
Using neither action nor dialogue but a highly evocative combination of
off-screen voices and bizarre images that are closer to dreams than to
reality, Wolbers takes us directly into the inner lives of characters that we
will never see again. In all of these works, a protagonist is thrust into a
miniature world, an entirely personal yet elusive space that holds the secret
to his or her existence. Wolbers' images are all based on prior constructions;
she shoots miniature "film sets" submerged in liquids that lend the image a
floating quality. Trailer (2005), for instance, begins in the Amazon jungle
and shifts to the deep-red interior of a movie theatre. As a promising young
artist in London, Wolbers won the ACAVA First Base Studio Award in 1997. After
her first solo exhibition in 1998, she would go on to earn several more
prizes, including the Netherlands' Charlotte Kohler Prijs and Beck's Futures
Prize. Wolbers published her first book, Now That Part of Me Has Become
Fiction, with Artimo, in 2003.

    
    MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTREAL,
    185, STE-CATHERINE W.                      Organized by Musée d'art
    T: 514.847.6226 WWW.MACM.ORG               contemporain de Montréal
    (OCT. 03 - NOV. 30)                        within the framework of
    OPENING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 03 AT 6 PM /     Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
    TUESDAY TO SUNDAY, 11 AM TO 6 PM;
    WEDNESDAY 11 AM TO 9 PM
    
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For further information:

For further information: Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal: Marie-Catherine
Leroux, mc.leroux@moisdelaphoto.com; Stéphane Bouchard,
stephane.bouchard@moisdelaphoto.com; (514) 390-0383; www.moisdelaphoto.com;
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal: Danielle Legentil, (514) 847-6232,
danielle.legentil@macm.org


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