Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle

I Love You the Way You Hate

August 6, 2014 - October 14, 2014

Entitled I Love You the Way You Hate, this project reinterprets the slogan “I love myself the way I am”. Well-used in marketing campaigns targeting women to sell products and ideologies related to well-being, that sentence often brushes off the question “Who do I love?”. To that effect, this corpus of poems includes 10 versions of the slogan where the verb “to be” has been replaced by an action verb that has the same length and rhyme. Thus, “I love myself the way I am” becomes “I love myself the way I come”. That affirmation is then attached to the reflexive question “yet who am I?” which turns into “yet who come I?”

 The project is based on a thorough research of all the verbs answering the constraints defined above for all personal pronouns. This investigation allowed me to discover and pick the most significant alternatives. For reasons of inclusivity and diversity, I chose to work exclusively with the pronouns “I” and “we”.

I Love You the Way you Hate was created with the aim to reintroduce self-consciousness at the core of “I love myself the way I am” while avoiding the trap of derision – that is, without fearing the truth of what will be discovered.


Young, white, middle-class, francophone North American woman nurtured by university studies, workshops and life in general, I am an artist living and working in Montreal. My artistic investigations deal with the poetic potentialities of the object and symbolic corporal expressions of strength and power. My projects create situations that question and oppose mainstream productivist ideology. Since 2008, I have presented poetic actions in a variety of contexts (including anonymous and clandestine ones) in Canada, Spain, Austria, France and Germany.

Past Projects

June 4, 2014
Geneviève Amyot Fear, especially its confrontation, is at the heart of Geneviève Amyot’s work and most of all in "Nous sommes beaucoup qui avons peur", published posthumous in 20031 by Éditions du Noroît. In this text, the author reveals the valves of the fear – of her personal fears and our common fears – inviting us to a meeting with ourselves, without the possibility of escape, to confront the repressed fear that contains us all.
May 31, 2014
DARE-DARE PASSEPORT + FESTIVITIES PASSEPORT DARE-DARE is an annual artistic fundraising activity that encourages collaboration between businesses, cultural centers and the visual art community.
May 19, 2014
Sonia Pelletier - Research residency As part of its Field 2_Critical Space research residency project, DARE-DARE is please to welcome Edith Brunette.
April 28, 2014
Edith Brunette - Research residency As part of its Field 2_Critical Space research residency project, DARE-DARE is please to welcome Edith Brunette. Research residency : April 28th - May 30th Presentation : August 13th, 6.30 pm
March 26, 2014
Viviane Namaste Ten slogans invite readers to understand better the neighbourhood in which the road sign is situated: its history, its artists, its ethnocultural communities, its workers, its forgotten traces. The statements seek to make visible forgotten elements of everyday life in Quartier des spectacles: the popular singer, Aboriginal art, the demolition of social housing, the closure of a middle eastern grocery store…
March 1, 2014
MAUDE S. PILON Maude S. Pilon will host several public readings of her text instructions inhospitalières (Inhospitable Instructions), in the presence of patients and medical staff. These readings, which intend to create confrontations between the textual and the real, will take place in the upcoming months of December and January, in the waiting rooms, in the corridors, in the entrances, elevators, cafeterias, patients' rooms and doctors' offices of the Hôtel-Dieu, Notre-Dame and Saint-Luc CHUM hospitals in Montréal.