23.—24. april

Gabrielle Paré

Adressen til Gabrielle sitt atelier er Grenseveien 91, 0663 Oslo
Atelieret er åpent lørdag 23. april

I am interested in the interpretation of words and images and the many ways we as humans misunderstand one another. Because we communicate with many languages —textual, visual, physical— my practice is also text-, material- and performance-based.

My works are semiotic experiments in identity-making, often deconstructing colonial language. In the video installation “you really are quite something” (2019), I portray both sides of the “mestiza” identity. This Spanish word describes my ethnicity as half-White, half-Brown, a descendent of the Filipino diaspora. A word of many dualities, “mestiza,” is complicated: interpreted both as a pragmatic identity and a leftover of colonial violence. In a series of self-portraits, “Pilipinx Mestizx” (2019), I play on the 19th-century trope of photographing the ‘exotic’ mestiza with her mix of both Spanish and indigenous blood. These images were captured by primarily European photographers for the consumption of European viewers. A recent text-based project, “Samgrunnelse” (2021), is an experiment in language-making by urbanist Tina Lam and me and initiated by ROM for kunst og arkitektur. Through a series of exercises over six weeks, we invited practitioners of different expertise, mother tongues, and backgrounds to deconstruct problematic words and produce a dictionary of more inclusive and Norway-relevant terms. The dictionary was printed as a series of postcards and mailed to chosen individuals and institutions.

In a parallel approach to language deconstruction, I distort recognizable codes in an attempt at shifting their meanings. In a central work to my current practice, “Void if Altered” (2020), I depict and distort records of an official identity: a passport photo and a birth certificate. In this series of lightbox photographs, spaces are forced into the flat surface of the papers, creating bendable proof of a person. A piece of paper and a thin layer of ink is what authenticates our sex on a birth record and our biometric portraits. Yet, this is easily invalidated of intended meaning at the presence of a scratch, a misprint, or a stain. I see the material possibilities of this “invalidation” as a liberation: an opportunity to transcend binary categories and to reveal something truer about ourselves than just our identities.

In material terms, I blur and bend and smudge at the edges of things to remember that understanding is movable. At this time of misinformation and distrust, I see this as a vitally important function of art.

tekst, maleri, foto-video

Gabrielle Paré {GAPCAN} acrylic paint on panel, Mama Sita’s atswete powder 60 x 40 cm 2021⁠ From the painting series "Personal Identifiers"⁠
Gabrielle Paré {GAP290689} acrylic paint on panel, Mama Sita’s atswete powder 60 x 40 cm 2021⁠ From the painting series "Personal Identifiers"⁠
Gabrielle Paré {GAPF} acrylic paint on panel, Mama Sita’s atswete powder 60 x 40 cm 2021⁠ From the painting series "Personal Identifiers"⁠
Cropped hires gabrielleparé void+if+altered+(birth+certificate) 2020 install
Gabrielle Paré VOID IF ALTERED (birth certificate) archival pigment print, LED panels framed as light boxes 120 x 60 cm 2020

Planlagte prosjekter og utstillinger

(2021) Latitude 53 Residency, Edmonton, Canada.
(2022) Solo Exhibition, Galleri RAM, Oslo, Norway.
(2022) Eating the Other (group exhibition curated by Noor Bhangu), Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Canada.
(TBA 2023-2025) Tenthaus, Norway


(2015-17) Master of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway.
(2013-15) Internship Keystone Editions (with Master Lithographers Sarah Dudley and Uli Kuehle, Berlin)
(2007-11) Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

(2021/20/19) Billedkunstnernes Verderlagsfond (Visual Arts Compensation Fund) – Ettårig stipend
(2020) Kulturrådet, Midlertidig stipendordning COVID-19
(2020) Kulturrådet, Ekstraordinær utlysning i forbindelse med koronakrisen
(2020) Stipend til internasjonal kunsterutveksling, Oslo Kommune
(2020/19) NBK Prosjektstøtte (Norwegian Visual Artist Project Fund)
(2019) Office of Contemporary Art Norway – Travel Grant
(2018) NKF Kunstnerassistentordningen with A K Dolven
(2017) SKS Stipend for nyutdannede kunstnere
(2013) Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant
(2011) Florence Andison Friedman Award in Drawing and Painting

(2016) The New Singers, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway.

(2021) Risografi i Norge, Grafill, Oslo, Norway.
(2020) 2084, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland.
(2020) The Shifters, Kulturtårnet, Oslo, Norway.
(2019) Vårutstillingen 2019, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway.
(2018) I hear Mariachi static on my radio, Slurpen, Oslo, Norway
(2018) SNAP Members Show, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada.
(2018) A Novel, Apartment Project Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
(2018) Første Vesentlige Vårslipp (VVF), Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway.
(2017) Don’t rest, narrate, Guttormsgaard Arkiv, Blaker, Norway.
(2017) The Story So Far, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada.
(2017) tour tourist, neutral new, Oslo Ø, Oslo, Norway.
(2017) Agreement Between Seasons, Formrommet, Oslo, Norway
(2017) Print Matters 2017, Norske Grafikere, Oslo, Norway.
(2016) The New Singers, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway (solo)
(2016) 8th International Douro Print Biennial, Alijo, Portugal.
(2016) Medium Rare, Black Box, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
(2015) Haptic & Optic, Yantai Modern Art Gallery, Yantai, China.
(2015) Haptic & Optic, IMPACT9 Print Conference, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China.
(2015) Biennale Internationale d’estampe contemporaine, Trois-Rivieres, Canada
(2014) Grafikedition Bentlage, Rathaus Galerie, Kirn, Germany.
(2014) Ich Gehe In Den Wald, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany.
(2013) The Co-lab, The Mercer Warehouse Basement, Edmonton. Canada.
(2013) The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, The AGA, Canada
(2012) Videophile: a fast & dirty screening of video art, Fast & Dirty, Edmonton, Canada.
(2011) Foray, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada.

(2020) Open Access International Residency, Fonderie Darling, Montreal, Canada.
(2019) Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Distributed Identities thematic residency, Banff, Canada.
(2018) Apartment Project Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
(2017) PRAKSIS Residency, Oslo, Norway.
(2014) Druckvereinigung Residency, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany.

(2021) Tiril Flom, KUNSTKRITIKK, 22.03.2021, “Kritisk til Norges halvinkluderende kulturpolitikk”
(2019) Ina Hagen, KUNSTKRITIKK, 09.02.2018 “Kunstlivet reiser seg mot maktmisbruk”
(2017) PRAKSIS “don’t rest, narrate. publishing, collaboration and artistic practice”
(2017) Uncertain States of Scandinavia, Issue 6
(2017) Kjetil Røed, Billedkunst Magazine, No.3, “Begynnelser og helheter”
(2013) Peta Rake, Colour Magazine, Vol 11.1 “Show”
(2013) Nancy Tousley, The Alberta Biennial Catalogue, “The News From Here”
(2012) Edmonton Journal, July 7, “Seven Locals Picked for Biennial”

SNAP – Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Canada.
NBK – Norske Billedkunstnere (Norwegian Visual Artists), Norway.
UKS – Unge Kunstneres Samfund (Young Artists Society), Norway.
LNM – Landsforeningen Norske Malere (National Association of Norwegian Painters)