Michel de Broin: Usure Mentale

September 4, 2008

By Mike Landry

One of Michel de Broin's photographs of the Berlin tram.

New York City’s graffiti tagged subway cars have long since thugged their way into the contemporary art scene, and now Montreal artist Michel de Broin is making room for the Berlin tram’s ferociously scratched up windows in his new exhibition Usure Mentale.

The windows are scratched up so badly that it is difficult to see out of them. But de Broin wasn’t interested in seeing out of them, he was looking in.

“When I started to photograph them they became windows again, and they open to another view,” says de Broin. “They create a view of something where there was something that was blocking the view.”


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