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Montréal, July 22, 2019 – Galerie de l’UQAM’s 2019-2020 season will question our complex relations to our surroundings, at a time when our environment is experiencing significant changes.

Galerie de l’UQAM will start the year off on a strong note, hosting the 2019 edition of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, The Life of Things. In a critical perspective regarding material overconsumption, this edition brings out universes that are constructed between individuals and their environment. This event will be followed by an important solo exhibition displaying never-before-seen photographs and videos by Emmanuelle Léonard in November. Produced by Galerie de l’UQAM, Deployment is the result of a 2018 artist residency with the Canadian Forces in the High Arctic.

In February, the gallery will present These Rooms of Earth and Stones. Applying an approach both artistic and scientific, artists Michel Boulanger and Katja Davar explore landscape transformation caused by climate change and processing of the earth by humankind. Heidi Barkun, graduating Master’s student in Visual and Media Arts, will simultaneously showcase LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT!, an exhibition largely based on testimonies from women who have gone through unsuccessful in vitro treatments.

Moreover, a new solo exhibition featuring Françoise Sullivan will take place in Greve in Chianti, Italy. Françoise Sullivan. Œuvres d’Italie is comprised of a body of works that attest to her numerous trips to Italy, where she met several leading figures in the art world.

We should also mention Passage à découvert, an annual event for graduates of the Bachelor's program in Visual and Media Arts, as well as the continuation of the extensive virtual exhibition Canadian Art as Historical Act. Finally, keep an eye on the launch of Le soulèvement infini, on October 2. This catalog will present the Montréal adaptation of Uprisings, curated by Georges Didi-Huberman, at the end of the exhibition’s international tour.


September 5 – October 13, 2019
Opening: Wednesday, September 4, 5 p.m.

The Life of Things
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image
Headquarters: Galerie de l’UQAM and VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine
Curator: María Wills Londoño, in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson
Artists at Galerie de l’UQAM: Laura Aguilar, Kader Attia, Patricia Domínguez, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Gauri Gill, Jérôme Havre, Keyezua, Rafael Ortega, Victoria Sin, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner

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For its 16th edition, MOMENTA presents The Life of Things with Galerie de l’UQAM and VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, once again acting as its central exhibition. This edition brings together 39 artists from 20 countries, in 13 exhibitions and 12 venues. Casting a critical gaze at the issues of consumption that characterize contemporary life, the biennale examines the excessive production that redefines the limits of the object. MOMENTA 2019 addresses the relationships built between individuals and their environment, highlighting the transfers that occur between subject and object. The biennale is divided into four thematic components: “Cultural Objects and Material Culture” and “Thingified Beings or Humanized Objects” (Galerie de l’UQAM); “The Absurd as Counter-Narrative of the Object” and “Still Life in an Age of Environmental Crisis” (VOX).

November 1, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Opening: Thursday, October 31, 5:30 p.m.

Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment
Curator: Louise Déry

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Deployment presents a recent body of work by Montréal-based artist Emmanuelle Léonard, initiated within an artist residency in Northern Canada, as part of the Canadian Forces Artists Program. In pursuing the photo and video work she has been undertaking for the past 15 years, based on a variety of visual archives and data surrounding different systems – judicial, administrative, military or religious –, Léonard continues to harbour an active interest in authoritative functions and the subversion mechanisms they generate. Deployment includes an imposing video diptych, a series of video portraits of soldiers, as well as a selection of photographs.

February 7 – March 21, 2020
Opening: Thursday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.

These Rooms of Earth and Stones
Curator: Simone Scholten
Artists: Michel Boulanger, Katja Davar

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Michel Boulanger (Montréal) and Katja Davar (Cologne, Germany) share a common interest in the tracks left by human processing of the earth, having thus made landscape transformation a key theme in their discussion. Working predominantly in the expanded field of drawing, both Boulanger and Davar investigate the increasing interconnections of human culture, natural environments and technology. These Rooms of Earth and Stones combines the visible changes of the horizontal landscape profile with an artistic exploration of the subterranean vertical sedimentary layers, juxtaposing soil and subsoil. This exhibition seeks, through a variety of mediums, to show how we are in a dynamic and permanent (re)negotiation with our environment. It furthermore serves as a cultural exchange between an artist from Québec and a curator and an artist from Germany who have been developing this project collaboratively over some time.

Graduating Master’s student in Visual and Media Arts (MFA), UQAM

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From a young age, it is conveyed to women that motherhood is central to their identity. Seen as a solution to infertility or childlessness, in vitro fertilization is a modern convenience in which we are led to believe that every attempt succeeds. However it is an experimental biomedical technology with a global success rate of only 25%. LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT! exposes the experience of failure of in vitro fertilization from within the social, political and medical systems that place motherhood at the forefront of women’s lives. A sound installation creates a virtual conversation between 28 female participants, including the artist, who have gone through failed treatment cycles and who are not mothers. Artefacts from these cycles complete the exhibition.

April 17 – April 25, 2020
Opening: Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.

Passage à découvert 2020
Graduating students in Visual and Media Arts (BFA), UQAM

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Passage à découvert is an opportunity to discover the work of tomorrow’s contemporary artists and teachers who will one day occupy our museums, galleries and schools. The exhibition illustrates the creative energy, curiosity and freedom of these graduating students and demonstrates their professionalism as well as the enthusiasm generated by their projects. An annual event, this exhibition also highlights the richness and diversity of the programs offered by the École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’UQAM, which fosters multidisciplinary training.


September 22 – September 30, 2019

Françoise Sullivan. Œuvres d’Italie
Curator: Louise Déry
Produced by Galerie de l’UQAM in parternship with La Macina di San Cresci

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During the 1970s, Françoise Sullivan visited Italy on multiple occasions to immerse herself in the artistic movements being developed around Arte Povera. In Rome, she met several leading figures in the art world such as Jannis Kounellis, Mario Diacono and Graziella Lonardi. Particularly in the summer of 1972, she stayed in Tuscany with her sons, where she regularly met with Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a revolutionary theorist and member of the italian Situationist International branch. Alongside him and on several occasions, she met Guy Debord, founder of the Situationist movement and author of The Society of the Spectacle. In Françoise Sullivan. Œuvres d’Italie, Sullivan once more visits the sites where these encounters took place, during a lesser-known period of the artist’s extensive career, and showcases works either created in Tuscany and Rome, or inspired by these moments that embody a true turning point and gave impetus to her artistic vision.


Canadian Art as Historical Act
Curator: Josée Desforges

Bringing together more than 150 artists, Canadian Art as Historical Act attempts to integrate art into Canadian history by interweaving works from the canon with unfamiliar discoveries, artistic events and visual anachronisms. The exhibition is produced by Galerie de l’UQAM and displayed online with the support of the Virtual Museum of Canada, an initiative of Canadian Heritage.

The 2019-2020 program at the Galerie de l’UQAM is produced with the support of:

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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, Montreal
Berri-UQAM Metro
Free admission

Regular schedule:
Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.

Special MOMENTA schedule:
Tuesday Friday, noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 11 - 5 p.m.

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