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Dominique Blain

Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (CIAC)

Since the ’70s, Dominique Blain’s art has explored the fine line between information and propaganda, between politics and art. In a work exhibited in “Écrans Politiques,” (Political screens, 1985)—at Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain—Blain presented Stars and Stripes, 1985, a photosilkscreen work on canvas that used Pop art montage effects to present a two-fold attack on war’s exploitation and objectification of humanity, particularly women. Divided by a red cross in its center, its uppermost sections portrayed a regiment of duplicate images of bathing beauties from a ’50s Miss America pageant. The lower half reproduced patterned images of World War II fighter planes.

In an untitled installation shown at C.I.A.C.’s “Cent fours d’art contemporain,” (One hundred days of contemporary art, 1989), Blain’s self-styled polemic focused on the art system itself. Sand bags were arranged around

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