Désolée is a series of performative staged self-portraiture and diaristic archives acting as a visual glossary of Rainville’s at-home representational self-exploration. By directing the lens onto herself, it is also a self-discovery attempt geared towards accepting discomfort. Indeed, through Désolée, Rainville learns how to deal with the awkwardness, dislike, and unease of having to guide herself as a subject in front of a camera. It is an attempt at playing with her own self-perception and how much she can extend it beyond its own subjective limits. It questions the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other; between how we see ourself as Self, how the Other sees this Self and how biased it is for the Self to look at itself as if it were the Other.

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