Marie Dauverné‘s video work is characterized by a dense collage aesthetic that uses a mixture of archival imagery, folk music, and handmade drawings to pose seemingly naive questions on the more taboo aspects of family, relationships, sexuality, and race. With child-like logic, Dauverné unmasks the adult world as one mixed up, messed up place. A land where unbridled colonialism is both an historical condition and a pernicious constant experienced by Indigenous peoples. A world where racism is both casual and devastating, a place where sex is scary, painful and potentially deadly, where neither « Arabs « nor « homos » are allowed in the house. Yet the young voice continues to try to piece it all together : the alcoholic uncle, perhaps the one who served in Algeria, the grandfather who is fragile at the death of his wife, then too mean to hug and finally dead himself. This jumble of experiences careens along with Dauverné’s deft hand at the tiller, no shore in sight but a ride that is part wonder and part madness. A condition very much like childhood itself.
- Lisa Steele
marie dauverné . 2013-2016