An exhibition by Dominique Blain

Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris September 27, 2019-January 14, 2020

Curators: Ami Barak and Catherine Bédard

What are we prepared to do to protect a masterpiece?

As we face major political crises, wars, repression of freedom, vandalism and natural disasters, what do the cultural representations that are works of art mean to us?

The exhibition brings together archival photos, sculptures and digital works to pay tribute to the men and women who, throughout history and around the world, have risked everything to protect and save humanity's greatest creations. 

The exhibition is produced by the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. It has received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. In partnership with the Semaine des cultures étrangères 2019 organized by the FICEP


After studying art at Concordia University in Montreal, Dominique Blain began exhibiting at the beginning of the 1980s. She devoted herself mainly to installations that often expresses severe social criticism, based on the themes of racism, censorship, colonialism and the power of the media. It misuses the meaning of familiar objects to denounce injustices or question society, while maintaining a balance between form and content. Thus, in Stars and Stripes (1985-1989), she covers the American flag with repeated images of beauty queens and bombers. The modification of images and old books in her series on books refers to the ideas of oppression.