Writers club - Essays

 

You Are As Beautiful As You Think You Are   
February 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Eduardo Velazquez

(Versión en español debajo)


In #Postcolonialbooty, Eduardo Velázquez explores difficult questions ... {read more}

 

 

Now And Then: Intentionally In-Between    
November 05, 2016 to December 04, 2016

Candace Mooers

 

Each in their own way, the four artists who comprise the exhibition Future Memories present works that investigate time, particularly the temporal spaces that exist between past, present, memory, historicity, and possible futures. Employing different media, from video to textile, the artists Ambivalently Yours, Sophia Borowska, Zinnia Naqvi and Zeesy Powers each share moments that question modernity's notion of time as linear past-present-future categories directed towards progress. They refute a line of thinking ... {read more}

 

 

Staging Critical Chinoiserie: Karen Tam’s Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop    
September 02, 2016 to October 02, 2016

Victoria Nolte

The latest iteration of Karen Tam’s mixed media installation Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop (2011-ongoing)[1] turns attention to the spaces of diasporic encounters, examining the transnational movements of bodies and consumer products, and deconstructing the ways in which they shape cultural meaning and everyday life. In this re-imagined curiosities shop a mixture of found and ‘faked’ antiques, chinoiserie art objects, and household items (such as porcelain ... {read more}

 

 

Uncertain Ground   
May 13, 2016 to June 12, 2016

Katerina Pansera

It is difficult to say whether Mathieu Cardin is more an artist of deception, or an agent of truth. Certainly, the two personas mingle in his architecturally ambitious installations. Characteristic of Cardin’s work is an invitation to secret spaces and viewpoints; we are given access to behind-the-scenes, underbellies, workrooms. We come upon them in surprise, feeling the interloper, or, perhaps, co-conspirator. When he grants us entry into what appears to be a set production room, or shows us the chassis supporting a model landscape ... {read more}

 

 

Our world is of this kingdom   
January 29, 2016 to February 28, 2016

Dominique Fontaine

Repérages or À la découverte de notre monde or Sans titre is a multi-titled exhibition presented as part of the curatorial research residency Scènes de la vie quotidienne à Montréal (on belonging and the politics of belonging)[i]. The following questions served as a framework for the residency’s activities: migration, belonging, alienation and issues faced by cities with diverse ... {read more}

 

 

"In Canada, if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll succeed": Silent Citizen by Bambitchell   
October 16, 2015 to November 15, 2015

Aditi Ohri

Bambitchell is the moniker for the collaborative practice of Toronto-based duo Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. Together, they are a powerhouse of wit, melancholy and critique, creating prints, video and installation work with an underlying longing for a place that does not exist: a utopic political landscape where equality and basic human decency are not optional. The artists have been collaborating since 2009, producing work that lampoons Canadian power structures in order to question the status quo. Queering notions of diaspora ... {read more}

 

 

Taking Action to Commit to Memory: (Another) Day of the Dead   September 24, 2015

Megan Mericle

Maria Ezcurra’s collective-action installation Pinned Down (or how to keep hiding thousands of needles in a haystack) commemorates the lives of 43 student activists from the Ayotzinapa Teacher's College in southern Mexico. One year ago, on September 26th 2014, the students were traveling by bus to Iguala, Guerrero, to protest a conference held by the mayor’s wife. During their journey they were kidnapped, killed and burned, with their remains thrown into the San Juan river. This event caused an ... {read more}

 

 

Regions of Desire   August 13, 2015

Lamontagne, Megan Mericle

The discovery, in an archive in Chile, of a photographer’s work that dates from the 1970s sets the original enigma that fascinates Anelys Wolf and inspires a series of paintings entitled Rural Glamour from a very Southern América. The photos are all portraits of men taken in the countryside. “There was something different about them,” says Wolf. Having worked with photographic archives, she grasps the importance of perspective and how the photographer's lens is much more than just a lens: it is an ... {read more}

 

 

The Silence of Sovereignty   April 21, 2015

Noémie Despland-Lichtert

Silence, the absence of noise or of any sound at all, can have a negative or at least passive connotation; indeed, the absence of speech can be associated with censorship. That said, silence is also integral to thought. In today’s noise-polluted world, silence can be a powerful tool. Through The Silence of Sovereignty, Dylan Miner proposes that we listen to the silence of certain places as a form of resistance, a quiet strength of aboriginal sovereignty on North American soil.

Given that aboriginal resistance is often ... {read more}

 

 

Our Own Style of Play   
March 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015

Josianne Poirier

The rules of the game are simple. There is a pile of wooden sticks in the centre of the table. Players take it in turns to gingerly remove one stick at a time. As long as the pile remains static, the player can attempt another; as soon as sticks begin to slip, the next player takes over. At times it seems as though our leaders are sadistically enjoying a similar game. Players from municipal, provincial, and federal governments sit around the table. Methodically, they take turns in making their move: remove funding here, reduce a budget ... {read more}

 

 

Learning to say yes   
January 16, 2015 to February 15, 2015

Edwin Janzen

Critiquing capitalism is tricky business. As “the system” pushes itself into every space and “marketizes” every phenomenon, even benign social interventions like public libraries and bike lanes seem radical. An entire adult generation has grown up knowing nothing except triumphal capitalism, with no idea what alternatives “really look like.” Today, looking beyond capitalism’s boundaries has become nigh impossible, and it may be said that any critique arising from within an advanced capitalist ... {read more}

 

 

Krakow Meets Montreal   
September 23, 2014 to December 23, 2014

This autumn, articule will join with RiAP 2014 in presenting a performance art event that brings Polish and Montréal-based artists together. Justyna Gorowska, Michelle Lacombe, Devora Neumark, and Marta Ostajewska will explore modes of expression through the body, time, space, and signs.

In an era of cultural globalization, what links can be traced between ways that issues relating to body or place are expressed in performance art around the world? Does a shared national or global history influence the body’s ... {read more}

 

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