Isabelle Hayeur
Bayou Terrebonne 01 and 02, 2013 ; Aftermaths, 2013
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

In her photographs and video works, Isabelle Hayeur addresses urbanization, architectural transformation and environmental deterioration. Aftermaths (2013) is a slow, meditative video that provides a look, from sea level, at Hurricane Katrina’s legacy of destruction and desolation. It also stands in for the all too many natural disasters that have occurred around the world since 2005, and the arduous recovery the hardest-hit communities face. Filmed a full nine years after Katrina, it shows the still vacant lots, closed shops, destroyed and abandoned houses, all witnesses to the economic stagnation that follows environmental disaster. From the tinkling of a chandelier inside an empty dwelling, Hayeur’s camera tracks the multiple scars on the Louisiana landscape – a car cemetery, oil refineries buttressed against residential areas, distant oil rigs and the city centre built below sea level. The close link between economic development and the environmental disaster is rendered explicit in this portrait of the fragility of the Louisiana ecosystem. In the photographs Bayou Terrebonne 01 and Bayou Terrebonne 02 (both 2013), taken underwater in the same region, the filthy water deposits on the camera lens tint the final print, while life continues as usual above sea level.

Isabelle Hayeur, Bayou Terrebonne 01, 2013, photograph, 102 x 213 x 5 cm (courtesy of the artist and Galerie Division, Montréal and Toronto)
Isabelle Hayeur, Bayou Terrebonne 02, 2013, photograph, 102 x 213 x 5 cm (courtesy of the artist and Galerie Division, Montréal and Toronto)
Murs aveugles, 2014
Quartier des Spectacles, Métro St. Laurent
08.10.14 – 22.11.14

For BNLMTL 2014, Hayeur is also producing the site-specific, large-scale architectural projection Murs aveugles (2014), which addresses Montréal’s recent political history and urban transformation through development and gentrification. It presents a series of slowly dissolving still images of urban graffiti produced during “Occupons Montréal.” Functioning as a kind of tableau vivant, the piece creates a trompe-l’oeil on a decrepit wall adjacent to the St-Laurent metro station.

Isabelle Hayeur, "Murs Aveugles", 2014 - Credit: Bruno Destombes
Isabelle Hayeur, still from Murs aveugles, 2014, site-specific architectural video projection, silent, 15:20 minutes (courtesy of the artist and Galerie Division, Montréal and Toronto; produced with the support of La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014; thanks to the partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal)

Born in Montréal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Rawdon, QC. She has shown her work widely and has been invited to many artist residencies. In 2006, a first retrospective exhibition was devoted to Hayeur by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City, and Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON. That same year, she took part in the Arles Rencontres internationales de la photographie in connection with its Découverte prize. Her work has also been included in major group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams, MA; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; and Akbank Sanat, Istanbul.

Hayeur’s photographs and videos may be found in some twenty public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Vancouver Art Gallery; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

She is represented by Galerie Division, Montréal and Toronto.

Isabelle Hayeur, « Murs aveugles », 2014

Site-specific architectural projection, 15:20 minutes, scheduled presentation: October 8 to November 23, 2014; actual presentation: October 8 to 22, 2014

Panel - Edgar Arceneaux, Isabelle Hayeur, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Althea Thauberger

BNLMTL 2014: “L’avenir (looking forward)”
22/10/14 – 04/01/15

McCord Museum