email@example.com is a site-specific photographic installation, which continues Bélanger’s long trajectory of conceptual and philosophical investigations of ‘visibility’ – deconstructing our relationships to architecture, surveillance culture and pervading imaging technologies in order to more deeply probe questions of ‘time/space experience’ and of our own presence and perception of it.
In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bélanger uses large-scale photography in conjunction with the surrounding architectural space of the gallery, to the point at which the boundaries between the “real” and “constructed”, and between art and site, become almost indistinguishable. An experiment of sorts, email@example.com aims to challenge our expectations of contemporary art, of photography, of the gallery experience. The installation calls into question our assumptions of time and place in a perpetually imaged world, increasingly divided between the actual and the virtual.
Image Credit: Sylvie Bélanger, 10.34, 2015, inkjet print, photography, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Birch Contemporary