French Kiss (Hiding)

Maria Legault

2018, 00:59 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.

is about the chaos generated from these reflections. After working with the symbols of the princess and the frog for some time, the artist became frustrated by how they rendered the cultural roles fixed. This piece brings the dissolution of characters and symbols by damaging them with whipped cream and sugar. The viscous substance coats the bodies and brings about the decay of the work. It also hides parts of their bodies, echoing the urge to make oneself disappear when we don’t fit in.

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