VENICE CALL­ING

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when the artis­tic col­lec­tive BGL—Jas­min Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Ni­co­las Laverdière—was se­lected to rep­re­sent Canada at the 56th Venice Bi­en­nale In­ter­na­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion this year (from May 9 to Novem­ber 22), its mem­bers felt both shock and awe. “There were re­ally dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions from all three of us,” says Bilodeau. “We were mostly just very sur­prised. We never thought we’d get that call.”

The Que­bec City-based trio, who met at Univer­sité Laval in 1996 and have been work­ing to­gether ever since, are known for their hu­mor­ous site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions that call into ques­tion our fas­ci­na­tion with popular cul­ture. And while they can’t re­veal their plans for the Canada Pav­il­ion un­til the open­ing, they en­sure that it won’t dis­ap­point. “The viewer has to take plea­sure in the work,” says Bilodeau. “With any art, if you want to go back to see it the next day, that’s a good sign.”

Can’t get to Venice? Take home BGL’s Canada Pav­il­ion-in­spired print, Can­vas (far left), from the Na­tional Gallery of Canada; Meat­balls / Trib­ute to the Group of Seven and Pas­sage Pié­ton­nier (left),

also by BGL

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