L'anniversaire is Kubba's first show in Montreal in several years. L'anniversaire reads as a birthday celebration, an anniversary of death, and commemoration of darker events. The original inspiration for the l'anniversaire is J.M.W. Turner's the Slave Ship painted in 1840: the works in this installation derive their colour palate from it.
The visual references for l'anniversaire come from digitally colorized WWII documentaries, where colorization is meant to act as a sentimental layer aimed at making the edited documentary footage connect with the viewer. Once frozen, the stills accentuate the disjointed nature of these moving images, turning their intended immersive quality, into confrontational, hyper-immediate pictures; the inconsistency between the document and its eventual treatment is highlighted.
The installation comprises works on latex rubber, nylons, polyester and chiffon, where the alternate transparency and reflexivity of the surfaces and painting materials disrupt the pictorial plane, turning 'looking at' into 'looking through' or 'looking away from.'