Danielle Dean’s first solo exhibition at 47 Canal gallery will feature her short film Bazar (2018), which she conceived after having spent time in the archives of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV), one of Paris’ foremost department stores. The BHV is fabled to be the site of many retail and artistic advancements alike and the film analyzes catalogues dating as far back as the 1880s to reflect on the modern day image of a normative French consumer. The result is an engaging visual document that questions how the circulations of commodities as images impacts lives in the past and present.
Bazar analyzes the intertwined narratives of consumerism and colonialism by referencing everyday cultural objects and relating them to racial experiences. The historical portrayal of white women as consumers and black women as maids illustrates a relationship whereby European producers extracted resources from their colonies but simultaneously enforced unattainable social and commodity standards on their colonized subjects. Throughout the gallery, Bazar will be split from a linear film into a dynamic three-channel installation. The film will be accompanied and accentuated by a series of standing cut-out sculptures that are hand-drawn renderings of items in BHV catalogues and serve to emphasize the gallery space itself as a site of commercial display.
The opening reception for Bazar will be held on September 16.
Danielle Dean: Bazar (2018)
September 16 – October 21, 2018
291 Grand St, New York, NY 10002