Opening Reception: a shape to your shadow
by Celia Perrin Sidarous
SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL FEATURED EXHIBITION
May 3–June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: May 3, 7pm–9pm
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
Celia Perrin Sidarous, Alcyonacea, 2017. Inkjet print on matte paper, 45 x 37″. Courtesy of the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montréal.
The meticulous acquisition of objects, the recasting of belongings across time and localities, and the premeditated display of artifacts are all common museum practices—they also comprise some of the impulses guiding Celia Perrin Sidarous’ work. Both entities orchestrate the production of exhibitions, and reference complex histories through mise en scène. Idiosyncratically, each employ strategies to confront the ways in which objects may be interpreted by viewers; but while the museum methodically prescribes viewing conditions, the artist intentionally confounds them, yet solicitously offers clues.
Drawing from these affinities and an array of other associations, Montreal-based Perrin Sidarous was invited to create a site-specific installation at Campbell House Museum—a rare remaining example of Georgian architecture in Toronto, built in 1822 using classical Greek and Roman style, symmetry, and proportion. Originally located on a plot of land nearby, Campbell House was moved to its current site to prevent the building’s impending destruction. Positioned within a contemporary environment, this historic house acts as a stage for the artistic practice of Perrin Sidarous, likewise transiently relocated.