Emmanuelle Léonard projects images videos texts français

La déposition

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Unlike police photographs, the transcriptions or video documents of suspect's interrogations are not included in the records to which we have access once the trial is over. The first confession of a woman who murdered her husband used in The Deposition (La deposition) is taken from a judgment given by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990 in the appeal of an earlier trial. The two others come from depositions of defendants from which extracts were published in articles in Photo Police dating back to the Sixties and early Seventies. A that time, it seems that a certain relationship existed between the tabloid dedicated to criminal cases and the police service who leaked information. The dramatic stories recounted by these women, accused of murdering their spouses, are cut into sometimes brief or anecdotal phrases in order to be reconstructed into a simultaneous unfolding of events. In this new narrative, it is difficult to isolate a single case. And despite some strange errors, one single confession flows from this voice of which we cannot be certain whether it is that of a victim or of an aggressor.
Played by an actor at the École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet, named Patrick Lacombe, a police officer listens to the deposition, sometimes appalled but most often bored. Depending on the position of the viewer, the sounds of the voice are partly masked (like the filters used by television media).
This video was filmed at the Sûreté du Québec MRC station.

The Deposition, 2011, video installation with sound, 6 minutes 20 sec.