Canadassimo (Dépanneur)

Canadassimo (Dépanneur)


We get such pleasure from building places out of humble materials! And if we succeed in confusing spectators, it’s absolute magic!”

This is Canadassimo (Dépanneur), created by the Quebec City art collective BGL. In 2015, the trio, formed by Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère, and Nicolas Laverdière, represented Canada at the 56th Venice Biennale — one of the world’s premier art events. That’s where it debuted this artwork.

BGL artists, three men posing together.
The artist collective BGL: Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière
The inside of a convenience store.

BGL is known for its giant-sized, immersive installations that play with the way spectators experience a space. In Venice, the group totally transformed the Canadian pavilion. Visitors were made to enter the exhibition through this ordinary-looking convenience store (what Quebeckers call a “dépanneur”).

In trademark BGL style, Dépanneur involves spectacle, trickery, humour, and some impressive craftsmanship to create a memorable experience for everyone who visits.

What do you see first?

Jam-packed with goodies, Canadassimo (Dépanneur) will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s certainly a feast for the eyes. Shall we dig in?

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