dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton
dc3 Art Projects is proud to present Dana Dal Bo’s interactive, multi-site, performative installation self-less. Dal Bo is an emerging contemporary Canadian artist whose work explores identity, self-surveillance, voyeurism, exhibitionism and selfie culture using found portraiture, photography, print media, and interactive real life and online media channels. Designed as a home bathroom, walls are papered with hundreds of nude selfies scavenged from Twitter, Snapchat and revenge porn sites. Dal Bo has altered these through digital means, and pasted using McDonald’s vanilla milkshake as an adhesive, a signifier of ubiquity that permeates the space with a subtle saccharine smell.
Within the installation is an online and interactive mirror with embedded video cameras that reflect the viewer’s image back to them, as well as stream online to a live website. Visitors drawn into the installation taking their own selfies become participants in the cycle of narcissism, which through hashtagging, archive the images online, as a record that you were, in fact, there. As an immersive installation, self-less collapses spaces between the public and the private and draws attention to self-surveilled and filtered constructions of identity, as Dal Bo both empowers and questions these powerful forces in contemporary culture. Dana Dal Bo’s work moves in and between photo, video, textiles, performance, and online. She draws inspiration from reality TV, surveillance practices, the history of medicine and psychology, infomercials and pop culture, and porn. Dal Bo completed her MFA in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University in 2017 and currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
dc3 Art Projects is a contemporary art gallery based in Edmonton, Canada that acts as a supporter, advocate, producer and promoter of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, pop-up shows and international art fairs, Founder David Candler and Director Michelle Schultz are dedicated to presenting ambitious solo and curated projects locally, nationally and internationally, working with both Canadian and international artists.