Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Dominique Rey, Kendall, 2 years, 2003
Dominique Rey, Kendall, 2 years, 2003
2007 Featured Exhibition

Dominique Rey
Selling Venus / VÉnus au miroir

May 11–June 9, 2007
Gallery TPW
170 St Helens Ave

Throughout her practice, Winnipeg-based artist
Dominique Rey has been focused on issues surrounding
female identity and sexuality. She is particularly
fascinated with
the moment a woman’s gaze is self-directed even as
she
prepares herself for the scrutiny of others. By
exploring this
process of self-reflective looking, Rey reverses,
displaces and creates the gaze anew.

Selling Venus / Vénus au miroir presents a
portrait of exotic dancers, and of the artist
herself taking on the role of a stripper, at the
Crazy Horse dance club in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina. From the intimacy of their dressing
room, Rey documents the performative process of
self-transformation into "working women". She
uncovers illusions and stereotypes about a
subculture of women in extreme feminine roles and
in doing so reopens the debate on the exploitation
of women in oppressive environments. A video
installation in the exhibition further extends the
duality between the private person and the public
mask, bringing into play notions of physical
beauty, narcissism, and the passage to
self-acceptance.

This exhibition is organized by Plug In ICA,
Winnipeg, with
the financial assistance of the Manitoba Arts
Council, the
Canada Council for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts
Council.

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Photography Festival

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