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MARIANA LAFRANCE: To not be so lonely
Mariana Lafrance is a visual and interdisciplinary artist working in Northern Ontario. Originally from Manitoulin Island, Lafrance works in performance, drawing, textiles, installation, photography, video, and at the intersections of these.
In this body of work, the artist doubles herself and her characters to address the relationship between the self and the other. She explores the necessity of connectivity between people, places, and history. She combines image-making and improvised choreography to explore the multi-facetted interpretations behind our history and our identities. Through video effects, Mariana is able to negotiate with her double by layering, reversing and balancing the choreographed imagery.
Themes of belonging, ancestry, relationship, social issues, power and land/territory are often identified in her work.
“The intent of this exhibition is not about the loneliness of the individual but more about the process of opening up to people around you, both as a person and as a culture” described Lafrance. “In the process of opening up, you find that the others around you are more similar to you than different, and you find that they are quite like yourself, like twins, in a basic and essential way. You bring “you’ to that other person, and that other person brings themselves to you. Once you’ve done this you start to see humanity as yourself and others, mixed up and yet essentially the same.”
To not be so lonely | Pour ne pas être si seule features video-performances, photographs, textile art, and the installation of a giant checkers game entitled Cups Against Saucers, that was part of a performance called En aval d’ici, en amont de maintenant.
Mariana Lafrance has exhibited in Sudbury at the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015. She has also had recent exhibitions in Ottawa and Toronto. Her work is supported by the Ontario Arts Council (2011, 2016, 2017). In 2008, Mariana published a book of photographs of Sudbury titled La ville invisible / Site Unseen, in collaboration with Éditions Prise de parole.
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