Exhibition from April 20 to May 15, 2022
Opening: April 20 at 6pm
Finissage: May 15 at 12pm
Thursday and Friday from 5pm – 8pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.
BcmA, Manteuffelstr. 42, 10997, Berlin
BcmA and curator Claudia Emde (emde.ca) are proud to present the solo exhibition of the Canadian artist VALÉRIE POTVIN : Le Miroir (The Mirror)
Valérie Potvin transcribes the complexity of the human being and his interactions with his peers and the environment. For this exhibition at BcmA, she has created an installation that brings together objects, space and light. She has transformed the gallery space to completely engulf the body and to propose a singular experience of discovery. Her work presents us with mysterious and shifted bodies. An action seems frozen in time, and the links between the characters are enigmatic. Evocations of power relationships, distress, and even a certain amount of violence blend into the dreamlike, soft and enveloping universe. The sculptures can just as easily imply a process of transformation.
The current pandemic has exacerbated social problems and plunged humanity into the heart of its vulnerability. For the artist, this ordeal, coupled with an impending ecological crisis and now another war, are part of an unprecedented mental overload. Valérie Potvin’s work is therefore not only an allegorical reflection of this challenging period, but also of the capacity to move forward in spite of the uncertainty.
Between indecision and a sense of urgency, the artist produced sculptural works combining casting, assembly and 3D printing techniques. Over weeks of intensive labor, she took risks and accepted the mutations that appeared. The result is a plurivocal work, vacillating between doubt and affirmation, detail and erasure, the beautiful and the ugly, realism and implausibility. In the end, she builds a complex and enigmatic symbolism.
The title, The Mirror, evokes the power to reflect on truth, self-knowledge, as well as illusion and appearance, dreams and the unconscious, shame or vanity. The understanding of what a mirror is is ambiguous and multiple. These qualities underline the concept of undecidability in Valérie Potvin’s work. This notion brings out poetry and increases the capacity of hospitality of sensitive subjects. It also enables the viewer to appreciate the artwork according to his or her knowledge of the world.
Valérie Potvin lives and works in Quebec City, Canada. She pursues a multidisciplinary practice consisting of sculptural installation, public art and video. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Art and an Interdisciplinary Master in Art degree from Laval University. Her masters studies were funded by the The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fond de recherche société et culture of Quebec and the Fondation J.A. DeSève from Laval University. Her works have been exhibited, for example, at The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Canada, at SESC Pinheiros in São Paulo, Brazil and at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, US.
We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through the component Concept to Realization from the program Explore and Create. We also thank the Québec Government Office in Berlin for its support.
For information/press: Claudia Emde / firstname.lastname@example.org