Camouflage is a public activity presented by DHC/ART — Education in conjunction with Valérie Belin’s Surface Tension and Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, which run from October 16, 2014 to February 8, 2015.
Belin and Mosse engage in photographic practices that involve a process of transformation and concealment. Altered by Belin’s lens, subjects in works such as Brides and Bob, are transformed from living and breathing beings to still and silent representations. Their images are partly hidden, juxtaposed with advertisements and densely decorated interiors. In The Enclave, Mosse presents a Congolese landscape of conflict that has been transformed into a pink stage, where soldiers wear rosy-toned baseball caps and army camouflage with a hint of crimson.
What would be revealed if we could peel back a layer of these photographs, if we could pierce the surface of deception? What is beyond these complex images? Is it perhaps a world of truth, or yet another layer of artifice?
Inspired by the technique of scratch art, Camouflage is an opportunity to reveal that which has been concealed, and to transform a given surface through a direct and tactile intervention. To take part in this project, we invite you to visit our REFERENCE room, situated at 451 St-Jean. With the material provided, you are invited to scratch away at the black surface to reveal aspects of the hidden layer below. You can make your mark by drawing or writing, either continuing another participant’s marking or beginning your own on an untouched part of the surface.
We invite you to tweet a photo of your scratch mark to @DHCART using the hashtag #dhctraces, or email it to [email protected] and we will share it on our blog.