1460 W. 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Wed–Sun: 11–5, Thurs: 11–8
FRONT Film Program: Palais de Justice, 2016
Thursdays August 2, August 23, & September 13,2018 at 6:00 pm
Fridays July 20, August 10, August 31, & September 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Sundays July 22, August 12, September 2, & September 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Total run time: 70 min.
Palais de Justice was filmed surreptitiously at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous and ornate 19th century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young’s camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors. Always shooting without permission, Young subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centered on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young’s camera becomes implicated, either caught within reflections, or through becoming noticed by some of her subjects. The windows and the camera’s lens are suggested as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance and are ourselves implicated as witnesses and voyeurs. The piece considers the complex relations between lenses, surveillance and ideas of framing or being framed, which are at the core of the law-related work Young has been developing for more than a decade.
Carey Young (born 1970) is a visual artist who has developed her artistic practice from a cross-fertilization of disciplines including economics, law, politics, science, and communication. The tools of these different fields act as material for her installations, text works, and photographs, as well as for videos in which absurd relationships develop between the performer and the rhetoric of political, commercial, or legal discourse. Young’s work often develops from within the particular cultures she explores. She has often immersed herself in the business or legal worlds, donning the appropriate attire and enacting recommended scenarios in order to examine and question the reach of each institution’s power and its ability to shape our contemporary reality.