Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.

Celia Perrin Sidarous


October 10, 2020
–October 23, 2020

Celia Perrin Sidarous, Slip, 2018. 16mm film, 12′19″, colour, silent. Courtesy of the artist and Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal.

In her distinctive way, the work of photographer and filmmaker Celia Perrin Sidarous constructs meaning out of a lexicon that weaves embodied language, found objects, visual poetry as well as counternarratives to the cult of domesticity. Her practice explores the relationships between intimacy and familiarity, still lives and moving images as well as gestural memories and new associations of forms. With Slip, the artist re-creates a genealogy of historical, material, and personal remnants as she reflects on archival methodologies, notions of womanhood, and ideas of representation through image-making. Shot on location in Athens, Delphi, and Cape Sounio, Greece, as well as Larnaca, Cyprus, and Montréal, Canada, Slip points to some of the questions omnipresent in the artist’s practice amongst which, How do we remember places and stories that we didn’t witness? What are the shapes of memory? How do objects create meaning and how do they inhabit shared rituals? while inviting the viewer to capture singular pieces of the answers.

This video has been selected as part of a programmatic take-over by independent curator Daisy Desrosiers. 

Camera, editing and negative cutting: Celia Perrin Sidarous
Camera assistants: Paul Hardy, Clara Touchette Lacasse
Film stock Kodak Vision 3 250D 7207
Thank you – Main Film, MELS, Niagara Custom Lab, Robert Film Services, Canada Council for the Arts, Dale and Nick Tedeschi, Prix Pierre-Ayot.This work features the hands of Celia Perrin Sidarous and Lucie Sidarous.

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