Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau: Crushed Butterflies Dream Too
In the exhibition Crushed Butterflies Dream Too, artists Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau feature a sung and danced correspondence between an anonymous contemporary interlocutor and the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector (1920–77). Attending to the themes of language, nature, urban-ness, and illness—which the protagonist and the author have in common—the exhibition probes the porous boundaries between humans and the material world. The artists explore the gestural, aural, and narrative potential of bodies and objects by highlighting the alienation experienced when the former become carapaces and the latter come to life. In this musical taking place between the worlds of the living and the dead, bodies and objects take on an inebriating sensuality, both tender and dark, like the stifling heat of a tropical city.