Natascha Niederstrass – James D. Campbell

[Spring-Summer 2018]

Natascha Niederstrass, Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence, exhibition view at Circa, 2018

Natascha Niederstrass, Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence, exhibition view at Circa, 2018

Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence
CIRCA, Montreal
January 20–March 10, 2018

Le point aveugle
Galerie Trois Points, Montreal
September 9–October 28, 2017

By James D. Campbell

[Excerpt]
Over the last several years, at exhibitions in Montreal and elsewhere, Montreal-based photographic artist Natascha Niederstrass has earned a strong reputation for informing her work with forensic-photography aesthetics and infusing it with a full measure of chilling, even spine-tingling, premises and implications. Her installations and photographic images require patient exploration and are slow to exorcise, difficult to forget. She uses great technical virtuosity in tandem with a remarkable gift for sustaining mood and generating aura in order to catch her viewers unawares until it is too late – and the result is an exalting frisson.

In her recent exhibition at Circa in Montreal, Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence, Niederstrass offers a powerful investigation of murder, mayhem, and misogyny. She focuses on the murder of twenty-two-year old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, known popularly as the “Black Dahlia,” who was found murdered in Los Angeles in 1947, and she suggests that Marcel Duchamp may have been involved in Short’s murder…

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