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Vicky Sabourin’s life-sized dio­ra­mas act as the­atri­cal sets for her per­for­mances. Her elab­o­rate folk ma­que­ttes are con­structed us­ing an­tiques, found ob­jects, pho­tog­ra­phy, pa­pier mâché and nat­u­ral mat­ter, cre­at­ing a whim­si­cal play­ground meant to in­cite de­sire and fear. Sabourin in­serts her­self into the sets—in the case of Warm­blood (2014–) she crawls into a life-sized felted horse—mak­ing her­self a char­ac­ter in a dark al­le­gory. She also uses a par­tic­u­lar French­set­tler visual lan­guage. At Manif d’art in Que­bec City this spring, she mimed pad­dling mo­tions while sit­ting in a boat-like ar­moire and wear­ing a striped-wool blan­ket. Her per­for­mance work ac­knowl­edges the his­tor­i­cal era­sure and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in folk tales, as well as the on­go­ing pri­va­ti­za­tion of wilder­ness. Vicky Sabourin Warm­blood 2014– Wool, earth, stones, vinyl print, rope and per­for­mance COUR­TESY GA­LERIE TROIS POINTS PHOTO GUY L’HEUREUX

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