Exhibition: February 1st - 26th Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 6-9pm
Each year, ViewPoint Gallery hosts exhibitions of photographs by artists outside its regular membership. In February the gallery is delighted to present the work of Quebec photographer Nathalie Daoust. Whether in New York, Tokyo, or Berlin, Nathalie Daoust has always asserted a childlike contempt for reality. With a passion for intimacy, this Canadian photography, born and raised in Montreal, has devoted all of her art to unveiling the secrets hidden beneath the apparent stability of life.
Daoust first broke onto the scene in 1997 while photographing the themed rooms of the Carlton Arms Hotel in New York. This work, her first solo exhibition, was published as a book, “New York Hotel Story”. Since, then Daoust has created several conceptual projects that have taken her all over the world, from the love hotels of Tokyo to a brothel in Brazil, to a darkroom in Sydney, to the dreamy landscapes of the snow-capped Swiss Alps.
Daoust’s ViewPoint Gallery debut, “Frozen in Time”, is comprised of a series of 30 images set in an ambiguous territory where … memory and introspection create a labyrinth of illusion and mystery. Photography allows Daoust to consciously reconstruct the reminiscences of her past. She fills the gaps in her memory with visual portrayals of fantasy in order to create a life-like tale based on real events. All of the photographs are black and white prints taken with a pinhole camera and then hand-coloured to create so-called enhanced and corrected memories.