“I am interested in how family snapshots were photographed in a particular way (between 1954 and 1972) and how these photographs usually represented family life and children’s games. The black and white photos of that era remind us of colours, but only in our minds. The poses are very rarely close enough to see what was behind the expression.” - Louise Levergneux Gallery 101 is pleased to present Référence (19)54-(19)72, a new installation by Ottawa artist Louise Levergneux. The work is an exploration of the way thoughts and memories are created, preserved and transformed by the culture of the family snapshot. Domestic snapshot photography has become a central practice of image-making in North American culture. Over the past several decades, an enormous amount of visual material has been created –anyone who lived and was photographed during this period has similar photos to share. Even people who have never met are in a sense linked by the memories of common experiences these snapshot photos create. Both the “look” and the implications of these photographs are of particular concern to Louse Levergneux: “This installation deals with these memories of a different time and with how time can be non-linear in one’s thoughts and memories. Two things bring me back to this time: memories of children’s toys, mainly cutout dolls and Snakes and Ladders games, and lack and white family snapshots.” In Gallery 101’s Projects Room, Louise Levergneux will install a large game board covering the entire floor. Placed on the board will be doll-like game pieces covered with enlarged, sepia-tinted figures cut out from her family snapshots. Gallery visitors will be able to walk, sit or even play with the dolls, moving them around the game board.
Wednesday, September 7, 1994 to Saturday, October 7, 1995