The theme of Art Souterrain’s 2019 edition, Le vrai du faux or True or False, touches me deeply because it leads me, as a curator, to address a major concern of today’s social reality: its relationships to representation and to authenticity.
As a woman, mother and artist, I am in perpetual search of sincerity in my relationships and in my work; that’s why I wanted to deal with this theme from a humanist angle.
My selection of photographic works aims both to echo and to question the reality of the Web and social networks that over the past ten years have continually presented us with counterfeit, orchestrated and artificial images of daily, intimate and family life, the body, beauty, success and happiness. Most of the time these images are idealized moments, and they are often constructed from scratch.
This trend of putting ourselves on show daily incites us to constantly compare ourselves to models or to information that doesn’t represent reality, but instead just one facet of it, in most cases the one where everything is almost perfect…
We must, of course, take into account the idea that any view implies a given point of view and therefore is never objective. My photographic selection is a conversation between the way in which we represent ourselves and how artists in various ways document, interpret, create from scratch or comment on these staged scenes of daily life, a stereotypical body, our life choices, our dependence on images and our need to continuously expose our intimacy.
Maude Arsenault is a photographer, artist and curator. She began a first career in fashion before deciding in 2013 to pursue a more personal path and founding the art collective ThePrintAtelier.com
As an artist, Maude is interested in the concept of identity and in the place of women in our society, which has been noticeably shaken in recent years in the face of a whole new representation of gender, the public denunciation of abusive relationships between men and women, and digital social communities that continually present new ideas, often created from scratch.
Maude’s approach interrogates the viewer’s perception and reveals how it is inevitably shaped and altered by our social, political and moral values.
Maude Arsenault lives in Montreal and has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Art History.