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Canadian voices at the Venice Biennale : the production of a Canadian image through the Venice Biennale between 1988 and 2005

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Canadian voices at the Venice Biennale : the production of a Canadian image through the Venice Biennale between 1988 and 2005

Bélisle, Jean-François (2007) Canadian voices at the Venice Biennale : the production of a Canadian image through the Venice Biennale between 1988 and 2005. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis assesses the image of Canada that has developed through the Canadian presence at the Venice Biennale from 1988 to 2005. By examining the exhibitions, as well as their dissemination through the Canadian and foreign press, this study isolates trends that have proven influential in the production of a Canadian national image within the context of the international contemporary art scene. The time period includes exhibitions by Roland Brener and Michel Goulet, Geneviève Cadieux, Robin Collyer, Edward Poitras, Rodney Graham, Tom Dean, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Jana Sterbak, and Rebecca Belmore. Data has been collected from over eight hundred printed sources and through interviews with key participants. Three major models emerge from the dissemination of these events: the universal exposition; the Olympics of visual art; and a wonderland of visual arts. These persistent models transform the content of the exhibitions into nationalistic manifestations. A careful reading of the exhibitions, however, isolates three less obvious, but more significant trends that apply specifically to Canada: a preoccupation with the unstable distinction between fiction and reality; a concern with contradictory cultural production processes; an emphasis on the reconstruction of Canadian history. These three trends contribute to a revisionist project that effectively revisits and deconstructs the construction of a Canadian national image. The Canadian presence can thus be read as a voice of dissent in a forum where national participation is generally equated with unified national representation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bélisle, Jean-François
Pagination:vii, 156 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Langford, Martha
ID Code:975283
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:05
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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