Works in the exhibition
Born in Moncton (New Brunswick) and of Acadian descent, Mario Doucette addresses the uncertainties of history - what it omits (intentionally or otherwise), its perspectives, and its participants. His work deals primarily with Acadia, building new narratives around the culture's rich heritage. Poised between the real and imagined, his work questions our collective memory and gives voice to those forgotten by history. He asks us to reflect on how events are perpetuated depending whether chronicled by the vanquisher or the defeated.
Doucette's works operate within the classic historical painting genre, a tradition that gives credibility and authority to his subjects, even as his naïve, whimsical touch contrasts with the form.