Diabolique

Curator: Amanda Cachia

Artists: Matilda Aslizadeh, Rebecca Belmore, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Dana Claxton, Douglas Coupland, Mario Doucette, David Garneau, William Kentridge, Fawad Khan, Wanda Koop, Shirin Neshat, Michael Patterson-Carver, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Nancy Spero, Althea Thauberger, Jason Thiry, Scott Waters, Balint Zsako

January 15, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Opening: January 14, 2010, 5:30 pm

Opening January 14, the exhibition Diabolique, curated by Amanda Cachia, features works by Canadian and international artists addressing issues related to the impact of violence, war and social conflicts in today’s world. These works speak to anxieties, hopes, resistance, and power and authority relationships. The artists: Matilda Aslizadeh, Rebecca Belmore, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Dana Claxton, Douglas Coupland, Mario Doucette, David Garneau, William Kentridge, Fawad Khan, Wanda Koop, Shirin Neshat, Michael Patterson-Carver, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Nancy Spero, Althea Thauberger, Jason Thiry, Scott Waters and Balint Zsako. The exhibition is produced by the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan) and the curator and the artists Scott Waters and Balint Zsako will attend the opening.

The Exhibition

Diabolique cuts a map of blood, raising intense concerns about the impact of war and human conflict. The exhibition is an electric mix of social and political statements, and narratives that pose disturbing, puzzling, grotesque and surreal questions about human capacities for violence. The title of the exhibition is partially inspired by Les Diaboliques (1954), a black-and-white French classic terror film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Artworks range from a charcoal drawing anamorphic animation to an exploding car bomb drawing, to a powerpoint slideshow of social criticism cartoons. These artworks challenge our positions and push buttons.

Diabolique strives to provide audiences with a large arena and the opportunity to contemplate crises stemming from Canada and the rest of the world. These artists share their visions of what is at stake and demand that viewers look beyond the surface sensationalism of conflict to confront how invested anyone can become in winning at all costs. This work invites consideration of the palimpsested history of human violence and the way it breaks boundaries.

The curator

Amanda Cachia has been Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery since November 2008. Cachia was born in Wollongong, Australia. She received her MA in Curatorial Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2001). This was followed by internships at the Museum of Modern Art and the Dia Centre for the Arts in New York. Other internships included Tate Modern, London, National Gallery of Australia and Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. In 2004 she immigrated to New York City and worked as Assistant Director at Cynthia Broan Gallery in Manhattan and Program Manager at Aljira, a Centre for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey until 2006. Prior to that, previous positions included Curator of the New Englang Regional Art Museum in Armidale, Australia (2003-2004) and Director of the Blake Prize for Religious Art one of Australia’s oldest and most established art prizes (2002). In 2008, Cachia curated Pandora’s Box for the Dunlop Art Gallery, which tours across Canada. Other curatorial projects for the Dunlop Art Gallery include Daniel Barrow: Learning to love the Normal Amount (2009), Joan Scaglione: Excavation (2009), Garden Folk(2008) and Abnormal Growth (2007).

Supports

The Canada Council for the Arts
Regina Public Library
Saskatchewan Arts Board

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