Programmation 2022-2023

I didn’t want it that way

I didn’t want it that way by arkadi lavoie lachapelle
august/september 2022

Rick, the 6th Backstreetboi has reached a turning point and is ready to get back with the group that turned them away.
Rick was brutally kicked out in 1994 due to differences of opinion on the band’s lyrics. They were questioning lines that, in their opinion, encouraged jealousy and possessiveness as signs of love—something they were worried contributed to rape culture. The sixth BSB had suggested a few changes, like “I will never break your heart pis jvâ faire mon travail émotionnel” and “ I Wish I Could Give The World To You mais on m’a dit qu’y était pas à moé”. Let’s just say it didn’t go over well…

At their therapist’s suggestion, Rick tried to get back in touch with their old boyband so they could tie up some loose ends.

Will AJ, Brian, Howie, Kevin, and Nick answer the call?

Stay tuned as I didn’t want it that way develops right in front of you over the next few weeks.


Born in the same year as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Polytechnique shootings in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal, arkadi lavoie lachapelle grew up in the countryside in a middle-class French-Canadian family.

Her multidisciplinary works with performative roots bring together gestures, objects, poems and create complex images with the potential for collective and individual (self-)healing. By collecting everyday and pop culture objects, she observes and explores these “common places” with empathy from a queer and feminist imagination.


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