Paméla Landry


Exhibition postponed: new dates to be confirmed
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Since a few years, Paméla Landry has been creating affect investment machines. Using a repertoire of stereotypes derived from the study of the behaviour of vulnerable, autistic or obsessive-compulsive people, she has been making devices that borrow characteristics from them, whether through repeated movements or singular gestures, in the hope that visitors will in turn be calmed and soothed by the sight of these machines. In this way, she transfers to her machines the capacity of caregiver that we associate with the feminine character. Paméla Landry lives in Montreal. Her work has been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and Europe. In 2010, she completed a residency at SPACE in London and since 2011, she sits on the board of directors of the Centre Est-Nord-Est résidences d'artiste de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.

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25 February 2021 to 3 April 2021

The Accalmir exhibition project is an extension of the series of sculptures that Paméla Landry calls "affect investment machines". Using a repertoire of stereotypes associated with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), the artist develops devices that perform a succession of movements evoking the ritualized manias of people with OCD. For these people, the ritual serves to calm the anxiety caused by obsessive and invasive thoughts. Through these new devices, it is this restorative quality of ritual that she wishes to exploit and share with the public. These works take the form of traveling machines and the exhibition space becomes a showroom for this fleet. All the elements evoke the possibility of personalization of the vehicles by their hypothetical purchaser. Equipped with wheels and a folding handle, these lightweight machines are designed to follow him, allowing him to take advantage of their repair potential wherever he is.