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Marie-Jo Lafontaine, b.1950

Waves, “pourrais-je emporter dans l’autre monde ce que j’ai oublié de rêver?”1998

A number of Marie-Jo Lafontaine’s monumental film installations deal with passion and violence. In ‘Waves…’, shot on the west coast of Ireland, Lafontaine shows the theatre of fury, power and passion in the natural world. The viewer is drawn into the work through Lafontaine’s use of sound, alternating between dramatic pieces of music that the artist distorts post-production, and mysterious otherworldly voices. The crescendos of the powerful and dramatic piece echo the tumultuous movements of the breaking waves, leaving the viewer with a sense of the incommensurable mystery and power of the ocean.

DurationDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1999
Item NumberIMMA.848
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Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Waves, “pourrais-je emporter dans l’autre monde ce que j’ai oublié de rêver?”, 1998, Video, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1999

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About the Artist

Marie-Jo Lafontaine b.1950

Belgian photographic and film artist Marie-Jo Lafontaine is a prominent figure in contemporary European art. Lafontaine received critical acclaim for her video sculpture ‘Les larmes d'acier’(Tears of Steel) first presented at Documenta VIII in Kassel in 1987. Many of her monumental film installations show the theatre of the elements in fury, the power and passion of the natural world. Lafontaine has won numerous prizes and exhibited internationally.
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