Palais de Justice
by Carey Young
Palais de Justice, Carey Young, 2017. Single-channel HD video (from 4K); 16:9, colour, quadraphonic sound; 17 mins 58 secs. Courtesy of the artist & Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Wednesday, 4 September 2019
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05/09/19 - 19/10/19
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Palais de Justice (2017) is a video installation by Carey Young, which was filmed without permission at Brussels’ main courthouse, the Palais de Justice. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Carey Young's camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court, seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors. Always shooting without the knowledge or permission of those depicted, Young subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young’s unflinching camera becomes implicated, either caught within reflections, or through seemingly becoming noticed by some of her subjects. The windows and the camera’s lens are suggested as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance and are ourselves implicated, like the artist, as witnesses and voyeurs. The piece considers the complex relations between lenses, gender and ideas of framing or being framed, which are at the core of the law-related work Young has been developing for more than fifteen years.
About the artist
Born in 1970, Carey Young is British-American and based in London. Her work has been exhibited in prominent national and international exhibitions and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Dallas Museum of Art (2017); Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Raphael Gygax (2013); Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2010), which toured to Cornerhouse, Manchester and MiMA, Middlesborough; Le Quartier, Quimper, France (2013); The Power Plant, Toronto (2009); and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009). Young’s work has also been presented at the Front International: Cleveland Triennial (2018), Centre Pompidou Brussels (2018), Tate Liverpool (2017), Tate Britain (2009), Moscow Biennale (2013, 2007), Modern Art Oxford (2007), Performa 05 and the Venice Biennale (2003). Carey Young is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.