Jo-Anne Balcaen

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Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

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Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

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Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

Installation view at PAVED Media Arts, Saskatoon.SCREAM exhibition,February 2009

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Screaming Girls

2005 Video, b&w, silent, 2 min. 28 sec.

Screaming Girls appropriates film images of teen-aged girls enraptured by rock ‘n’ roll performances. Stripped of sound, the subtle manipulation of this familiar pop adulation becomes a study of mass hysteria. As the severity of the expression mounts, the work draws on a still-contemporary phenomenon that in turn reflects upon a kind of fervor that popular culture is complicit in cultivating.

Exhibition history: Centre Clark, Montréal (2006); Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB (2007); Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, ON, (2009); PAVED Media Arts, Saskatoon, SK (2009); Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (2011); L’Ecart, Rouyn-Noranda, QC (2013); Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University (2014)


Dans cette vidéo, je m’approprie ainsi des séquences de films des années 1960 montrant des adolescentes hystériques lors de spectacles rock. Projetée sans bande-son et au ralenti, cette manipulation subtile de l’adulation populaire familière devient une étude de la transe collective et du type de ferveur intense que la culture populaire contribue à cultiver.

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