Once upon a time, 2012. Photography by Steve Payne
Tania Mouraud - Paris, France
Once upon a time 2011-2012
48 - Toronto City Hall Project underground parking garage
100 Queen Street West (Viewing area on Bay Street)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm tales, Tania Mouraud went into the boreal forest of Canada and two forests
of France to film the forest industry and different machines linked to the wood industry. The choreography
of the moving images, the visual rhythms and the richness of colours provoke a deep emotional impact.
The machines look like voracious monsters and bring back memories of the mythical figure of the ogre.
The projection of this drama happening in another world, far from the city, introduces the balance of
life on the main building of Toronto City Hall Project. This story, the fight for survival, appears on the exterior
of the concrete and glass building.
Since the end of the 1990s, Tania Mouraud's video works investigate a vision on the human condition questioning
the possibilities of survival among the different traumas of our world. Exploring the theme of responsibility,
her work evokes the basic fear of human beings. In her videos, nature and industry become the theater
of a tug of war.
Artist Biography: Tania Mouraud (b. 1942) lives and works in Paris and exhibits internationally. She
entered the art world as a painter in 1963. Since the 1970s, her relationship to nature and its counterpart
has appeared in numerous works, through different media (photography, video, sound composition, site-specific
installation). Invited by Laurent Le Bon, curator of Nuit Blanche Paris 2012, she will perform live at
the Théâtre de la Ville, PreVItanSoRan, a sound and video installation based on randomness.