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Dates: January 11 – March 3, 2018
Opening: Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.

M BUI Slip or Grip 1December 19, 2017 – Galerie de l’UQAM presents the exhibition Pool of Plenty by Michelle Bui, graduating master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA) at UQAM. In this solo show, the artist engages with a rediscovery of objects, materials, food items and plants that make our environment. Through a process of selection, assembly, and photographic documentation, Bui reveals the aesthetic qualities of these objects, their fragility and malleability. The result is a reflection on where material culture, advertising, desire and identity intersect.

The Espace magazine staff will be present during the exhibition’s opening to launch its new issue articulated around the theme of Wounds.

The exhibition
Bui 1Michelle Bui is interested in the tenuous, sometimes fraught, and always symbiotic relationship between culture and commerce. While always apparent in the way we visually experience the world, this relationship most fully inheres in our connection to material culture. The accumulation of items consumed by both society and the individual transmit a tremendous amount of data about our identity. For Bui, our sense of self, our identity-consciousness, is communicated equally by the objects that surround us as by language-based discourses that otherwise might define us. The aesthetic, expressive, and symbolic qualities, as well as the materiality of the objects selected, allow the artist to explore personal themes therein. The various objects that Bui acquires – and sometimes creates – are subjected to presentation and ownership in ways that allow for their construction and arrangement to elicit tensions and overlaps that undermine the status of the object as commodity.

M BUI Bead Game 1Pool of Plenty is an exhibition that brings together photographic work with which the gallery walls will be plastered. Bui transcends the decorative and ornamental language of advertising in a détournement that makes use of touch and smell to surpass mere visual spectacle. To do so, Bui rearranges objects selected for both their visual and tactile qualities in a presentation of photographic and sculptural elements that seduce the viewer, leading us into a subtle and uncanny sense of displacement. The shift in perception she achieves conveys the artist’s intention to make desire itself material, to bring it into being by and with these objects, to viscerally seduce us and to confront the viewer with surface reality.

The artist
M BUI Delicate Bonding 1Montréal-born artist Michelle Bui earned her undergraduate degree in painting and drawing at Concordia University before continuing on to do her MFA in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2017, she furthered her exploration of the materiality of photographs at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris and represented emerging Canadian photographers at the Jeux de la francophonie in Abidjan. She was awarded the François-Xavier Marange grant for printing arts, and is next year’s artist in residence at Atelier Circulaire. The residency will be an opportunity for Bui to develop works at the intersection of sculpture and photography, of which a selection of pieces was included in the Projet Pangée exhibition Rêverie earlier in 2017. Additional works resulting from this exploration will be included in the group exhibition Appareillage at Québec City’s VU PHOTO in February 2018.

Espace #118 (Winter 2018) – Wounds
Can we heal our wounds? And to do so, must we relegate them to oblivion or consign them to a form of liberating reconciliation? In the field of aesthetic representation, how can an artistic gesture bring relief to the spirit? The texts of this issue, launched during the opening of Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving, elaborate various perspectives on these questions.

Public activities

  • M BUI Des poires 1In Conversation with Michelle Bui
    Part of the L’art observe event series
    Facilitated by Philippe Dumaine
    February 13, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
    Galerie de l’UQAM
    In French
    Free admission

  • Nuit blanche à Montréal
    Saturday, March 3, 2018
    8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

    At Galerie de l’UQAM: extended opening hours to see the exhibitions Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving and Michelle Bui. Pool of Plenty.

    At the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion: performances by the Buffalo Hat Singers and other guests

    Enjoy the Nuit blanche by visiting the exhibitions of Maria Hupfield and Michelle Bui at the Galerie de l’UQAM. For this special occasion, the drums of the Buffalo Hat Singers will resound in the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion. You are invited to join and discover several artists who draw from the traditions of indigenous culture.

  • Guided tours of the exhibition for groups
    Available anytime. 
    Reservations required with Philippe Dumaine
    514 987-3000, ext 3280, or

The artist wishes to express special thanks to Atelier Circulaire for their financial support as well as for the technical assistance which have made this exhibition possible.


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Address and opening hours
Galerie de l’UQAM
Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, Room J-R120
1400 Berri Street (corner of Sainte-Catherine East), Montréal
Berri-UQAM metro

Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission

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Source: Maude N. Béland, Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division, Communications Service
Phone: 514-987-3000, ext. 1707


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