Ariane Thézé

September 12 to October 18, 2014

guest curator : Elia Eliev

Ariane Thézé was born in Angers (France). She’s lived in Montreal since 1982 and has taught visual arts at both the University of Ottawa and Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown in many galleries and museums in Montreal, Québec, Toronto, and Ottawa, as well as abroad: Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Cuenca (Spain), Kassel, Stuttgart (Germany), Linz and Vienna.

Elia Eliev is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has a Masters of Visual Arts in Critical Cross-Cultural Curatorial Cybermedia Studies (CCC) from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. His current academic research examines emerging representations of queer masculinities in contemporary Lebanese lens-based artworks. Eliev is a part-time professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University.



Over the past decades, Ariane Thézé has carried out an inquiry on the body and the process involved in its representation. Questions around identity, desire, memory and loss are central sites of explorations in the artist’s multidisciplinary practice that encompasses sculpture, video, and photography. Continuums, brings together her recent evocative digitally manipulated photographs that are oriented towards a reflection between female bodies and natural landscapes.

Thézé’s artworks are situated within a conceptual framework that seeks to resist, reverse, and deconstruct the dualist oppositions that informs patriarchal Western language and thinking: male/female, mind/body, culture/nature, object/subject. Her approach is one of non-duality, which blurs the boundaries of these binaries. The artist, through the female body, reclaims nature as an active undomesticated space, shifting from the traditional definition, which equates femininity with passiveness, delicacy, decorativeness, and domesticity1.

Through the photographic medium, Ariane Thézé records the markings and traces of female bodies in the landscapes. While their identities are unrecognizable, their presences are assertive and engaged. Similar to the growth rings of trees that reflect traces of time, the body also undergoes transformations through time and space.

[1] Stacy Alaimo. Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.

Elia Eliev, curator