Jacynthe Carrier, Les Eux – Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre, The Function of the Gaze in the Work of Jacynthe Carrier

Jacynthe Carrier, #1 de la série / from the series Les Eux, 2013, impression jet d'encre / inkjet print, 55 x 55 cm

Jacynthe Carrier, #1 de la série / from the series Les Eux, 2013, impression jet d’encre / inkjet print, 55 x 55 cm

Up to now, a certain conception of painting came to mind when I thought of Jacynthe Carrier’s photographic and videographic work, not only because of the emphasis that she places on composition and narration in the creation of her works, but especially because of the type of gaze that these works draw. I say “up to now” because in her new corpus, Les Eux (2013), another avenue seems to have opened up, changing the position assigned to the gaze in the perception of works while weakening the sensorial supremacy of vision as a mode of apprehension of the world. Indeed, although in Scènes de genres 1 and 2 (2009) Carrier used a number of tactics to give viewers an overall perception of the scenes taking place before their eyes, in Les Eux she breaks with this intention by moving their position from the periphery to the centre of the action, and by refusing to bring together in a manageable whole the scattered and fragmented bits that they are given to see. By doing this, she sets the work in a critical – but always poetic – relationship with the precepts underlying a certain comprehension of the modern subject deriving from the Kantian aesthetic, which defines the subject as an autonomous viewer affirming his or her control via his or her gaze, conceived as a privileged tool that acts as the only intermediary linking the subject to the world and responsible for all possibility of rational knowledge. Translated by Käthe Roth.

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Jacynthe Carrier, born in Lévis, lives and works in Quebec City and Montreal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s degree in photography from Concordia University. Her works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Quebec (including at La Triennale québécoise 2011, Manif’ d’art 4, the Musée régional de Rimouski, and the Galerie de l’UQAM). Her videos have been on the programs at events in Europe, Brazil, and the United States. In 2011, she received the Prix à la création artistique awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; in 2012, she received the Prix Pierre-Ayot. She is represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran. jacynthecarrier.com

Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre has a master’s degree in art studies from UQAM. In addition to contributing regularly to magazines and other publications, she is the assistant director at SBC galerie d’art contemporain and works as an independent curator. Exhibitions she has organized include Doux Amer (2009), Faire comme si… (2012), Autant en emporte le vent (2012, co-curated with Guillaume La Brie and Véronique Lépine, and Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez. Les figures du temps et de l’espace (2012).

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