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Indisputable Queen

The Canadian artist Kourtney Roy shows the infinite possibilities of her alter egos in her exhibition “Queen of Nowhere”.

Known for her self-portraits where she transforms into different characters, Kourtney Roy is a master at staging surreal scenes in a wide variety of settings. The daughter of a cowboy from Ontario, a North American flavour can be felt throughout her work, but her current exhibition at Esther Woerdehoff gallery combines series shot in a number of different locations around the world.

Whether she wears a cowgirl outfit in front of a telephone booth or flies a kite under a Chinese bridge, her meticulous frames present a carefully chosen pattern of pastel colours, and everything is under her control till the smallest detail. Kourtney Roy is the director and protagonist of movies whose plot the viewer needs to write. Her style is glamorous, graceful and glossy at once, not without a strong ironic vein.

The exhibition “Queen of Nowhere” is on view at Esther Woerdehoff gallery until September 15.

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