From January 25 to April 17, 2022
The installation Mettre la tête où l’on pense (« Put your head where you think ») is a continuation of the series Contes muets et non-dits sous verre. It is comprised of 13 backlit glass pieces displayed on the floor and eight black and white photographs hung on the wall, each of which shows a person whose head is hidden by his or her limbs. The exhibits invite the viewer to reflect on the frailty of human beings with all their commonplace problems and contradictions. In creating this work, Michèle Lapointe drew inspiration from Carapace, a novel by Marie Auger (the nom de plume of Mario Girard). While the novel dwells on serious, dark themes, Lapointe’s installation exudes warmth and empathy. In 2018, Mettre la tête où l’on pense won the prestigious Jean-Marie-Gauvreau prize, the highest award granted to an artist every year, by the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (Quebec Arts Council).