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Isabelle Hayeur

Isabelle Hayeur Looking-back (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond Edition 3 Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”) Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur
Looking-back (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond
Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond
Edition 3
Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”)
Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur Marea Roja (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond Edition 3 Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”) Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur
Marea Roja (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond
Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond
Edition 3
Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”)
Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Statement

Isabelle Hayeur is known for her large-scale photographs and experimental videos. She has also realized several site-specific installations and public art commissions. Since early in her career, in the 1990s and 2000s, Hayeur has had a considerable impact on contemporary Canadian photography practice, notably through digital image processing and editing techniques she has developed. Her practice is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and social conditions, with a particular focus on feelings of alienation, uprooting and disenchantment.

Isabelle Hayeur problematizes the traditions of landscape photography in order to explore how and at what cost our contemporary civilizations use, and abuse, their environments. She has predominantly worked with altered territories, urban sprawl, industrial zones, tourist sites, abandoned spaces, and areas affected by poverty. Her first series were the fruit of subtle digital recombinations of photos taken at different sites – synthetic topography aiming to address economic and ecological problems. Much like humanity’s nature-violating systems, Hayeur transforms our ways of seeing through a reconstruction of urban and natural landscapes. Her most recent work however takes on a documentary feel, sidestepping her collage approach. These works present themselves as direct evidence of contemporary wrongdoings, often offering us a rare window onto remote and forgotten places…

Her works seek to show how we take possession of territories and beings so as to adapt them to our needs; this logic of instrumentalization tends to invade all fields of contemporary human activity. Isabelle Hayeur’s concerns lie largely within the evolution of places and communities in the current neoliberal context. Her artistic approach examines the relationships between nature and culture in a world where the ideology underpinning their (false) opposition remains dominant, still structuring our Western societies. Her art practice proves to be both political and poetic, constantly striving to cover her tracks in order to highlight the ambivalence of our relation to the world. Simultaneously seductive and disquieting, these images awaken ambiguous feelings within us, revealing both our profound discomfort and the flaws of a dehumanized system.

Isabelle Hayeur Écume d'étang (série Underworld), 2015 Édition 5 127 x 91 cm (50

Isabelle Hayeur
Écume d’étang (série Underworld), 2015
Édition 5
127 x 91 cm (50″ x 36″)

Isabelle Hayeur Limulus (série Underworld), 2015 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5 47 x 158 cm (18

Isabelle Hayeur
Limulus (série Underworld), 2015
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5
47 x 158 cm (18″ x 62″)

Isabelle Hayeur Death in Absentia 06 (série Underworld), 2011 Impression jet d’encre sur polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5 102 x 183 cm (40’’ x 72’’)

Isabelle Hayeur
Death in Absentia 06 (série Underworld), 2011
Impression jet d’encre sur polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5
102 x 183 cm (40’’ x 72’’)

Isabelle Hayeur Épaves, 2013 Installation vidéo in situ, projection sur écran d'eau Insitu video installation, projection on  wall of water Espace [iM]Media, Sherbrooke, 2013

Isabelle Hayeur
Épaves, 2013
Installation vidéo in situ, projection sur écran d’eau
Insitu video installation, projection on wall of water
Espace [iM]Media, Sherbrooke, 2013

Biography

Isabelle Hayeur (b. 1969) holds Bachelor’s (1997) and Master’s (2002) degrees in Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her works have been widely shown. She has participated in many major public shows, such as at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) (2016); the Museo Cultural (Santa Fe) (2016); the Today Art Museum (Beijing) (2015); the New Orleans Museum of Art (2015); the Centre culturel canadien (Paris) (2012); the Tampa Museum of Art (2008); the Akbank Sanat (Istanbul) (2008); the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006); the Neuer Berliner (Berlin) (2005); the Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain (2005). Her solo exhibitions include shows at Expression, in Saint-Hyacinthe, in collaboration with the Musée régional de Rimouski (2013); Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which subsequently travelled across Canada (2006-2007); and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (2004).

She has also participated in numerous international art events, such as Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie (2013, 2014, 2016), the National Gallery’s Canadian Biennial (2010, 2014), la Biennale de Montréal (2014), la Triennale québécoise (2008) and the Rencontres internationales de la photographie à Arles (2006). Her video works have been widely shown since the 1990s, in festivals throughout Canada, in France, Germany, the US, Spain, Brazil, Chilli, Australia and many other countries.

Her works are to be found in over twenty collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Fonds national d’art contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Isabelle Hayeur is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montréal. She lives and works in Rawdon, Quebec.

Isabelle Hayeur Complicité (série Oikos), 2007 Impression au jet d’encre montée sur acrylique mat Inckjet print face mounted under mat acrylic Édition 5 201 x 150 cm (79’’ x 59’’)

Isabelle Hayeur
Complicité (série Oikos), 2007
Impression au jet d’encre montée sur acrylique mat
Inckjet print face mounted under mat acrylic
Édition 5
201 x 150 cm (79’’ x 59’’)

Isabelle Hayeur Day Trading (série Nuits américaines), 2006 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5 109 x 165 cm (43

Isabelle Hayeur
Day Trading (série Nuits américaines), 2006
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5
109 x 165 cm (43″ x 65″)

Isabelle Hayeur Bindsights (série Excavations), 2005 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5 267 x 152 cm  (105

Isabelle Hayeur
Bindsights (série Excavations), 2005
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5
267 x 152 cm (105″ x 60″)

Isabelle Hayeur Plaisance (série Destinations), 2003 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5 96 x 386 cm (33

Isabelle Hayeur
Plaisance (série Destinations), 2003
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5
96 x 386 cm (33″ x 152″)

Isabelle Hayeur Destinations [exposition_exhibition], 2013

Isabelle Hayeur
Destinations [exposition_exhibition], 2013

Isabelle Hayeur L'île, 1998 C-print Édition 5 112 x 245 cm (44

Isabelle Hayeur
L’île, 1998
C-print
Édition 5
112 x 245 cm (44″ x 96″)