Isabelle Hayeur: (D)énoncer – a tripartite exhibition


Isabelle Hayeur : (D)énoncer
Mona Hakim curator

Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil
Until December 19, 2020

Galerie d’art Antoine-Sirois de l’Université de Sherbrooke
Until December 20, 2020

Maison des arts de Laval
Until January 3, 2021

Isabelle Hayeur is known for the rigour and consistency of a body of work conceived around social and political issues related to the environment. Her commitment to the environment and its ominous fate is tenacious and unfailing. The exhibition (D)énoncer, being presented in three regions of Québec, traces the travels and investigations of a photographer and video maker in action, constantly on the lookout for upheavals in our ecosystems, which she transposes into images and words. A large proportion of the exhibition is allotted to her recent output, including previously unseen work. This work is paired with her earliest photographs of excavations and with her involvement with citizens’ and activist groups. Her work conveys the damage our planet is suffering and accords in a gripping manner to say the least with the current public health crisis.

At Plein sud, photographs from the series Underworlds are paired with the shocking video Adrift, which paints a picture of the deplorable consequences of massive industrialisation on our oceans. Taken among other places in the depths of the murky waters of the Staten Island ship graveyard on the United States coast, these photographs of disturbing beauty poorly conceal the scars caused by the drilling ships and oil tankers which sail freely not far from the shore.


At the Maison des arts de Laval, videos and series of photographs are grouped around deracinated natural sites, disrupted urban areas and abandoned rural areas in the wake of devastating environmental phenomena. Altered aquatic landscapes complete the exhibition and demonstrate in turn the sad fact of the profound changes to which our land is being subjected.

The Galerie d’art Antoine-Sirois brings together the series Le Camp de la Rivière, which documents the occupation by a group of citizens of the area around an oil company in the Gaspé region; Dépayser / Strangeland, which casts a critical look at the landscapes created by hydroelectricity in Quebec; and Underworlds, which explores the deterioration of bodies of water, particularly in the north (Quebec and Oregon).

An interactive digital platform available at these three venues lets visitors penetrate the creative process of this socially involved artist and to reflect with her on the way in which we inhabit the world.

A 360-page monograph, examining Isabelle Hayeur’s entire career, will be published to mark the occasion. It will include texts by Mona Hakim, Peggy Gale, Ann Thomas and Isabelle Hayeur.

Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil
150, rue de Gentilly Est, local D-0626
Longueuil, J4H 4A9, Canada
(450) 679-2966

Maison des arts de Laval
Salle Alfred-Pellan
1395, boul. de la Concorde Ouest
Laval, H7N 5W1, Canada
(450) 662-4440

Galerie d’art Antoine-Sirois de l’Université de Sherbrooke
2500, boul. de l’Université
Sherbrooke, J1K 2R1, Canada
(819) 821-7742

Isabelle Hayeur : (D)énoncer is a tripartite exhibition, produced by Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil. It was made possible by the financial support of the government of Quebec.