LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO À MONTRÉAL
Isabelle Le Minh
SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 17, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 2pm-5pm
Opening @ SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
Sunday, September 13, 1:30 pm
Conversation between Isabelle Le Minh and guest curator John Fontcuberta
@ The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion
1379 Sherbrooke Street West
Thursdays, September 17 & 24
October 1 & 8, 2015, 3:30pm-3:45pm
Guided tours for Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
@ SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
In Isabelle Le Minh’s project Tous décavés (2015), the artist works with identification techniques, from the physiognomic atlases and fingerprint files that began to appear in the nineteenth century, to today’s most sophisticated facial recognition systems. Le Minh’s work, with its countless traces of identity that we supply when we visit a Web site or operate a touch screen, offers a critique of the obsession with security since 9/11 and the subsequent frenzy to create biometric data banks.
Le Minh borrows the title of her show from Alphonse Bertillon, the inventor of forensic anthropometry. In his Manuel du portrait parlé, Bertillon employs the phrase “Décavés, tracez ça” as a mnemonic aid for remembering the abbreviations used to describe the shape of the human ear. D.K.V. (derived from Deq. car. vex) refers to an album containing hundreds of portraits of criminals.