"For an Epidemic Resistance", Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen. Photo: © Leo Sjölund

For An Epidemic Resistance

Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen (Montréal, Stockholm)

13 sep. — 18 oct.

For An Epidemic Resistance evokes a rare phenomenon which took place in central Africa in 1962 and that has yet to be explained: a laughter epidemic. Starting at a girls’ middle school in Kashasha, the epidemic lasted six months and infected hundreds of people, mostly children and young adults. The symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days.

This story of collective hysteria has raised doubts, studies and polemics. Québécoise artist of Vietnamese origin, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen chose to study laughter as a social mechanism, disconnected from humor or comedic intention. What is laughter’s purpose? What is the significance of laughter’s contagiousness?

For An Epidemic Resistance, a 25-channel sound installation, is part of a body of work that questions the political relevance of historical anecdotes that went unnoticed or were deemed innocuous. Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work is internationally recognized across Europe, the United States and Canada. She will participate in the upcoming Biennale de Montréal in November 2014.

Opening: Saturday, September 13th – 3 PM


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