Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017

Le Huitième Jour is inspired by The Eighth Day, a film created by Québec artist Charles Gagnon as part of the Christian Pavilion, one of three religious pavilions at Expo 67. The film is composed of found newsreel footage, producing a frenetic critique of war technologies, violence and postwar consumerism. Effectively picking up where Gagnon left off, Léonard’s double-screen video installation is a collage of images of conflict from 1967 to the present, gleaned from hundreds of thousands of clips available on the Internet. The documents are sourced from broadcast television, state and military archives, self-promotional recordings by guerillas, as well as the propaganda of various camps. The evolution of technologies is made manifest through the diverse quality and shifting aspect ratios of the projected images, which go from analogue to digital formats, from cellphone recordings to drone captures and infrared detectors. Léonard has chosen to focus on daily activities─marching in step, trudging through the jungle, running, sitting and waiting in makeshift camps─and to remain at ground level, thereby subverting the high-tech images of war favoured by the military.

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017 [The Eighth Day 1967-2017] Video projection, 16 min, sound

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes

Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017
Le Huitième Jour 1967-2017, 2017
Still extracted from The Eighth Day 1967-2017, 2017, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 16 minutes