Nadia Belerique: above and below and so on forever.
Toronto-based artist, Nadia Belerique brings the Don River up into the city with above and below and so on forever., a new large-scale photo installation for the bus terminal windows at Castle Frank Station.
In her work, she complicates the way we look at images. She often alters conventional perspectives or re-photographs in her studio to create multi-layered images that conflate places and moments. For above and below and so on forever. Belerique brought her studio outdoors in October 2018, composing and shooting a series of still life photographs in the Don River. Belerique staged found objects (bottles, shoes) in the river alongside existing ones (leaves, flowers). Belerique then re-photographed the images in her studio through a pane of glass, lending the Don River an unusual and artificial new surface.
At Castle Frank, the photographs follow the station’s architecture so that the sequencing of the bus terminal windows mimics the flow of the river. With the transparent nature of the photographs installed on glass, Belerique’s close framing of the river, and the shadows of passers-by through the station windows, the installation creates a strange sense of depth.
above and below and so on forever. is presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Pattison Outdoor Advertising. The project was made possible with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Based in Toronto, Nadia Belerique constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and question how images perform in contemporary culture. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph and has exhibited at such venues as Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Oakville Galleries; the Art Gallery of Hamilton; Daniel Faria Gallery, The Power Plant, and Gallery TPW, Toronto; and Kunsthalle Wien. Belerique was long-listed for the 2017 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.