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Barbara Steinman

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Montreal-based artist Barbara Steinman employs photography and video in installations that address the epistemological concerns around iconographic representation. A specially constructed room on the third floor of the museum provided the site for her recent installation. Upon entering, one was immediately confronted with a life-sized photograph of a Renaissance Madonna and child. An abrupt 90-degree turn led into a small antechamber on the far wall of which hung an identical image, somewhat obscured by its variegated Plexiglas surface. Diffused light and subdued sound emanated from behind a wall on the left side of the main room draped with a gauze curtain. To the right two video monitors were positioned on high stands.

The sound track featured a woman’s injunction to take a deep breath, which corresponded to an image of the slow pouring out of a laboratory vial of what appeared to be

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