From an imaginative perspective, Pale Sun suggests a new narrative of the exhibition space with works by Nabil Azab, Pedro Barbáchano, Dexter Barker-Glenn, Marie-Claude Lacroix and Fiona Nguyen. The artists blur the boundaries between medium, place and narrative through practices that reflect the limits of reality and fiction.
Pale Sun questions the status of the work and its transformation into a physical or immaterial object by placing us in dreamlike worlds. Between painting, photography and sculpture, this appeal to the senses allows us to weave links between what we see, what we perceive and what we imagine. Like a sun that tries to pierce the light of the sky, through its fleeting appearance.
Nabil Azab (b. 1994, Paris, France)is a multidisciplinary artist of North African descent. They live and work in kanien’kehá:ka territory (Montréal). Azab employs drawing, painting, writing and researching as fodder for abstract photographic works that resist the objectivity and disciplinarity of the medium in contemporary life.
Pedro Barbáchano is an MFA candidate in Photography at Concordia. His artistic practice touches on speculative archaeology, the critique of the historical and photographic document and its issues with the representation of subaltern identities. His work formalizes as sculptural installations, books and augmented reality experiences always stemming from the photographic image. His work has been exhibited in Spain, Canada and Egypt in venues such as SCAN (Tarragona, Spain) and FOFA Gallery (Montreal, Canada).
Dexter Barker-Glenn is a multidisciplinary artist based in the unceded territory of Tiohti:áke (Montreal) and Tkaronto (Toronto) who is completing his undergraduate degree in Studio Arts with a minor in Computer Science at Concordia University. Dexter is interested in the products of intersecting desires, offering objects stuck between multiple functions. Often contrasting industrial and handmade production, his work questions the limits of the personal and intimate. Among other exhibits, Dexter has shown work at Bradley Ertaskiran, Project Casa, Cache Studio, ARTCH in Montreal and The Plumb in Toronto.
Marie-Claude Lacroix is a visual artist who lives and works in Montreal. Recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Fellowship and the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship, she has participated in several group exhibitions, as well as recent solo exhibitions at the AVE Gallery and Never Apart.
Fiona Nguyen is a French-Vietnamese painter from Montreal. She received an artistic and bilingual education from a young age, venturing into the academic tradition of fine arts for over twelve years. Now a graduate of Concordia University in Painting and Drawing, the artist continues her research and painting practice in Montreal.
Livart’s team would like to thank Joyce Joumaa and Jeanne Bénichou.