Immigration Detention in Canada: C'est arrivé près de chez vous

Film review by a human rights lawyer and a refugee lawyer


5 page handout

A part of the project Mann beißt Hund by Stine Marie Jacobsen for the 2016 exhibition, the distance between nowhere and now here.


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This publication is part of the project Mann beißt Hund by Stine Marie Jacobsen. Written by S. Priya Morley and an anonymous refugee lawyer, it was produced in the context of the exhibition the distance between nowhere and now here, curated by Charlotte Lalou Rousseau. Jacobsen conceptualized Mann beißt Hund in Belgium in 2013, concurrently with protests against poorly written legislations of public space and their abusive misuse by city officers. Belgian citizens interviewed by the artist saw C’est arrivé près de chez vous (translated as Man Bites Dog, 1992, a mockumentary following a serial killer’s daily routine) as an illustration of the dangerous slippage from individual discretionary power to collective social disaster. In its initial iteration, Mann beißt Hund included workshops about law writing with teenagers, developed in collaboration with a local lawyer. Displacing the piece into a North-American context, the artist asked two Toronto lawyers to write a film review: a reading of the original film through the lens of the local legal context, specifically drawing analogies with issues of immigration detention in Canada.

Artist Biography

Stine Marie Jacobsen is a conceptual artist working to decode individual and collective violence through participatory means. Focusing on language, gender and psychology, she uses film as a starting point to create performative experiments and platforms for new ways of looking at ethics, identity, fear and trust.
Born in 1977 in Sønderborg, Denmark, Jacobsen lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen (MFA, 2009) and has exhibited widely, particularly in Denmark and the USA. She recently presented her first major solo exhibition in Denmark at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art.


Text: S. Priya Morley and an anonymous refugee lawyer
Image credit (all): Stine Marie Jacobsen, Mann beißt Hund, 2015 (video stills)

C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog), Belgium: 1992
Directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde
Story by Rémy Belvaux
Screenplay by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Tavier

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This publication and exhibition were produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto and supported by the Department of Visual Studies (UTM) through the Graduate Expansion Fund.

Presented in collaboration with the Images Festival, April 14–23, 2016, and with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, May 1–31, 2016. For more information visit and

The Blackwood Gallery is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Related Projects

the distance between nowhere and now here
April 20 - May 22, 2016
Emma Waltraud Howes & Stine Marie Jacobsen
Curated by Charlotte Lalou Rousseau