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Dates: January 11 – February 23, 2019
Opening: Tuesday January 15, 5 : 30 p.m.

December 19, 2018 – Galerie de l’UQAM will start the year off with the exhibition Leila Zelli. Terrain de jeux. Zelli, a graduating MFA student in Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal, will present an experiential installation that questions our relationship to online and mediated images.

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The exhibition
No image can ever be understood in just one way because it exists under the kaleidoscope of human interpretation. We only read images through the lens of our own knowledge, experiences, beliefs, and a priori culture, which together make up our singular vision of the world. Nevertheless, each day, we see hundreds, if not thousands of images on TV, the Internet, social media, in the street, in newspapers, books, archives or magazines, and we assume our point of view is right.

Images of daily life, namely images of war zones, are presented here as a way to make us experience how we view one another. These have been re-contextualized within an in-situ installation that gives viewers the impression of being in a “playground” of sorts, one of children’s games and one of political image games. The audio and the positioning of the images generate the effect of being off-screen, out of sight, out of reach (i.e. hors-champ, hors de vue, hors d’atteinte), and interact to create a fictional space that activates curiosity and our desire to see, thereby questioning our position in the face of current events.

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The artist
Leila Zelli
is an MFA student in Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). In her digital, in-situ installations, she uses existing media images and videos found on the Internet to create visual and sound experiences that generate a moment of reflection on the state of the world, our relationship to the Other, and on the effective impact of our actions on humanity. Zelli is a recipient of the FARE Graduate Excellence Awards of Université du Québec à Montréal (2018) and winner of the Coup de coeur du public prize at the 36th International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul, Art & Politics (curator: Sylvie Lacerte). In the winter of 2019, Zelli will begin an artist residency at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as part of the Empreintes program, the results of which will be exhibited in November 2019 at the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Artist talk: Leila Zelli
As part of the series L’art observe
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12 : 45 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM
In French
Free admission

Guided tours of the exhibition for groups

Available at all times, in French and English, free of charge.

Reservations required:
Philippe Dumaine
Cultural mediation manager
514 987-3000, ext. 1424


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Address and opening hours

Galerie de l’UQAM
Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, room J-R120

1400 Berri, corner of Sainte-Catherine East

Berri-UQAM metro

Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 6 : 00 p.m.
Free admission

Phone: 514 987-6150 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram



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Source :
Julie Meunier
Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events 

Division Communications Service, UQAM
Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1707


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