Tuesday, May 29th, 2012· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
CoWorker Projects is pleased to present video works by Isabelle Hayeur including Losing Ground, Hindsight, The Fire Theft, and Private Views. As an image-making artist, she is known for her large digital montages, her videos and her site-specific installations. Hayeur’s work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. She is particularly interested in the feelings of alienation, uprooting and dislocation. Isabelle Hayeur has been exploring landscape issues ever since she started working with video. She mainly engages with altered landscapes, suburban areas and tourist sites. She shows how our societies take over territories and adapt them to their own needs. Her video works often take the form of a moving tableau and panorama. They are like journeys through different spaces that flow and merge into one another.
The slow scrolling is not an invitation to become absorbed in contemplation, rather, one is led to reconsider the sites being presented for view. “I have always been concerned by the transformations landscapes undergo,” explains Isabelle Hayeur. “Growing up in a suburb, I was faced with the spectacle of urban sprawl and the disappearance of so many things in its path. My approach is tied to this experience and draws from discourses surrounding environmental issues such as land use planning. Past exhibitions include Transmediale (Berlin, Germany, 2012, 2001), Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse, France 2012, 2011), Les rencontres internationals (Paris/Berlin/Madrid, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2000,1999), Les rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (Montréal, Canada, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2001, 1998), 25e édition du Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (2011), Rendez-vous with madness film festival (2011), Montreal Underground Film Festival - MUFF6 (2011), video_dumbo, Dumbo Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY, 2011, 2010), 13th Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, Canada, 2010), Open Cinema Festival (Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2010).