Film informations : The Divine Tragedy : The Tower a movie by Céline B. La Terreur Dedicated to the Duplessis Orphans 22 min. 50 sec. Black and White Stereo 2013
The Divine Tragedy : The Tower explores the notions of motherhood and madness through the drama of the Duplessis Orphans. For the last few years, Céline B. La Terreur has lived on the site of what used to be the garden of the Louis-H. Lafontaine (formerly Saint-Jean-de-Dieu) Hospital, whose imposing tower served as a backdrop to her first experiences as a mother. The artist spent two years studying the site, uncovering a history rife with secrets. Reaching out to former Duplessis Orphans, she collected accounts of their experiences at the St-Jean-de-Dieu Hospital, revealing the tragedy of their painful history. A tragedy in which, to this day, scandalous revelations are still silenced by the provincial government. A tragedy that shakes the moral pillars of Canada’s society. A tragedy that must not be forgotten. Biography :
Celine B. La Terreur holds a Master’s Degree in Visual and Intermedia Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM, 2002) and a BFA from Concordia University (1999). She also holds a diploma in feminist studies (Minor : Women and the Fine Arts, Concordia University, 1999). Celine B. La Terreur has presented many solo exhibitions and performances in France (Jean-François Meyer Gallery, Marseille, 2011, Art Mandat, Barjols, 2011) and in Canada (articule, 2009, Joyce Yahouda Gallery 2008, 2006, 2002, B-312 Gallery, 2001). Celine B. LaTerreur’s work was featured in international events such as the Oslo Screen Festival, Norway (2012) and the Magmart Video Art Festival, Naples, Italy (2012). Her work has also been shown in many group shows in Canada : Extreme Painting, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, 2010, Expansion, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Montréal, 2010, The Montreal All-Nighter, 2010, 2008, The International Edgy Women Festival ,2006, the Montreal Underground Film Festival, 2006. Her work has been selected by curator Louise Déry for the group show Expansion (Galerie de l’UQÀM, 2010), and by curator Nicolas Mavrikakis for Extreme Painting (Joyce Yahouda Gallery, 2010).
Celine B. La Terreur has contributed to the first edition of the “Dictionnaire des compétences des artistes en arts visuels”, published by the “Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels” (RAAV) in 2010. This dictionnary is now available in all the art schools and universities of the province of Quebec, Canada. Celine B. La Terreur is involved in many feminist organizations and is a proud contributor to the project ArtFem.TV, an online television presenting Art and Feminism, founded in Austria in 2008.
Céline B. La Terreur is represented by the Joyce Yahouda Gallery.
Artist’s Statement : Celine B. La Terreur is a feminist artist. She works in installation with video, photography, performing arts, painting. Celine B. La Terreur is interested in exploring the way women think about psychology, sensitivity and society. She performs research on femininity by manipulating her own image through the lens of fictional situations of her own creation. This manipulation is expressed through the creation of costumes and the development of alter egos and personas. Céline B. La Terreur dares to dissect her fantasies and to dig up what is left unsaid about her own femininity. Céline B. LaTerreur’s work is suffused with theatricality, humor and satire. Her work is a tribute to women, to their strength, their power, their beauty and their enlightened presence in this world where they face injustice and inequity.