Isabelle Hayeur at LOOP: THE VIDEO ART FAIR ’09 (Barcelona)

Isabelle Hayeur at LOOP: THE VIDEO ART FAIR ’09 (Barcelona)

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

May 28, 2009

Losing Ground
May 28 – 30, 2009
(open daily from 4-9pm)

Opening: May 28th at 7:30 pm

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas Pelayo, 28
08001 Barcelona

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (Montreal) is delighted to premiere a new video by Isabelle Hayeur entitled Losing Ground at the 4th edition of the LOOP video art fair ( The fair, which runs from May 28-30, 2009 in Barcelona is one of the premiere worldwide venues for the presentation of new video work. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the gallery has participated in the fair having previously premiered new videos by Adad Hannah and Michel de Broin.

Isabelle Hayeur’s work is situated within an ecological and urbanist critique. Having lived in the suburbs for twenty years, she witnessed the spectacle of urban sprawl and the many disappearances that go along with it. Marked by this experience, her approach is informed by environmental concerns and issues of land use and regional development. She is particularly concerned with feelings of alienation, uprootedness, and dislocation.

Since the late 1990s, she has been articulating a critique of urban sprawl and the resulting erosion and homogenization of the countryside across the world. With its negation of city history, of geographic particularities, and thus of cultural memory, this standardized urbanization imposes its amnesia, individualistic lifestyle, and jarring presence in nature. Rapid technological transformations of all kinds have disrupted the natural and rural milieu, producing an artificial, standardized environment. This world has become malleable, subject to our will, to our imaginations; more than ever, it bears the identifying imprint of our developed societies.

Losing Ground is an experimental video that sounds out recently man-made territories so as to decipher humanity’s relationships with the environment and, more profoundly, to shed light on contemporary forms of existence and modes of thought. It confronts us with the dizzying spectacle of our diminishing local references, as they give way to cultural stereotypes, now become universal through globalization.

For information on hours of operation and tickets as well as general information on LOOP please visit the fair’s website at: 

For more information on Isabelle Hayeur please visit the artist’s official website:

The gallery would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the Bureau du Québec à Barcelone for their assistance. The artist would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Arid Sea Films.

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