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 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.