Pierre Ayot

From October 8 2016 to September 17 2017

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Pierre Ayot’s playful installation Femmes de toilette (1979–80) is on exhibit at the Musée d’art de Joliette (MAJ), from October 8, 2016 to April 30, 2017, in the third-floor women’s washroom. Through this artwork, recently acquired by the MAJ, Ayot revisits the process of representation of trompe-l’oeil, a recurrent theme in his approach, in an unusual setting. The artist, who has previously used this visual stratagem in many of his works, invites spectators to spy on a conversation between two women. Composed of a soundtrack, everyday objects, and a specific setting, Femmes de toilette is integrated into the spectators’ environment, thus raising questions about visual and auditory representations as well as the placement and meaning of artworks.