An exhibition and poster series by Monique Levesque
January 15 - February 27, 2016
Reception, Artist's Talk and Publication Launch February 13
“I am engulfed, I succumb…”
S’abimer/to be engulfed
Outburst of annihilation which affects the amorous subject in despair or fulfillment.
from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse
Appropriating fantasies from teen nightmares and self-help books as a city-wide stage play, Monique Levesque unlocks her diary and her phone in the poster project Why Am I Afraid to Love? Divulging her obsessive journalling, intimate digital interactions, and one sentence romantic comedies to the geography of Vancouver, a series of graphic posters will lay bare her heart. Levesque plans to plaster these texts and txts around the city in which they were prompted, with the heart of the work resting in UNIT/PITT’s library. The writing participates in anxiety around surveillance, secrecy, vulnerability, romance, performance and gender in digital correspondence. The proliferation of the text is an experiment concerning how artists’ and writers’ correspondence and diaries might be published from their current digital medium. What power can be claimed in the annihilation of privacy?
Publication is available for purchase HERE.