An exhibition of Dominique Blain

Centre de création contemporaine Olivier Debré - Tours February 15-September 20, 2020

Dominique Blain, Monuments II : La Descente de la Vénus de Milo, 2019, digital inkjet print on canvas, ©Laure Albin Guillot, Rue des Archives/Granger, Paris.

Curators: Ami Barak and Catherine Bédard

How do we react when the works of art that constitute our universal heritage are jeopardized? With regard to major political crises, wars, the representation of freedom, vandalism, natural disasters, what do works of art represent for us? And what are we ready to do to protect a masterpiece?
These questions are at the heart of Dominique Blain's exhibition "Displacement". By reclaiming images from archives and through his gaze, the Canadian artist brings to light crucial issues of our contemporary era.

Exhibition designed by the Canadian Cultural Center, Paris.


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.