Marie Minou Miaou Miaou

Maria Legault

2008, 05:55 minutes, colour, English


This mock-rock video showcases the character Marie Minou Miaou Miaou. The character engages with various items used to stereotypically represent francophone culture such as frogs, peas soup and maple syrup in a ridiculous and exaggerated manner. The work was created as a way to reclaim stereotypes that were projected on the artist because of her francophone background. It is inspired by studies she did in bouffon theatre, a style of performance that uses humour, charm and complicity to present social critiques. Beyond attempting to deconstruct stereotypes linked to francophone culture by exaggerating them and thus making their constructed and arbitrary nature apparent, the work also mocks celebrity culture and performers that indulge in the cult of the self through self-aggrandizing lyrics and behaviours.

Sound in collaboration with Geoffrey Pugen.
Camera: Lo Bil.

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