Manuela Lalic is a Franco-Serbian artist who has lived in Quebec since 1997, has practiced art since the 90s, and regularly exhibits in Canada and abroad. She was a finalist for the 2014 Powerhouse Prize, a recipient of the 2009 Pratt and Whithney Canada Prize, and she was granted the 2009 residency of the Canadian Council for the Arts in New York (International Studio and Curatorial Program)
A used bike, a quasiromantic symbol of freedom, is immobilized under the weight of thousands of twisted paper clips and cactus. Under the false pretense of increasing our security, even the act of riding a bicycle, hair blowing in the wind, is up for societal discussion, the installation slyly implies. Individual freedom, irrevocably linked to the ever-controling dynamic of the collective, is altered. Bending a paper clip is a reflex induced by boredom or stress. From this simple gesture I build a mass of wasted time. By disturbing the rapport between the public and the piece as well as the very definition of the author, this accumulation evokes the opposing images of moss and the assembly line.