French Kiss (Fitting In)

Maria Legault

2018, 00:43 minutes, Colour, No Dialogue


French Kissis a video tryptic in which the artist depicts the impact of her French-Canadian identity when living as a linguistic minority in Ontario. Moving to Ontario from Quebec brought her to experience ostracism, assimilation, passing and exoticization. These stop-motion performances for the camera use the characters of the princess and the frog to represent some of the psychological dynamics experienced because of this displacement.

Fitting In
focuses on assimilation. In this work the princess, used as a symbol for the dominant group, attempts to force the frog, used as a symbol of French-Canadian identity, to fit into a small aquarium. This becomes a metaphor for being forced in an inhospitable space.

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