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December 3, 2019 – Galerie de l’UQAM is pursuing its momentum brought about this fall, already preparing for the exhibitions that will take up its spaces in the winter and spring of 2020.

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 (UQAM), 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, Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment, an exhibition currently on view at the gallery that features a new body of work by the Montréal-based artist, continues after the winter holidays, until January 25.

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We should also mention Passage à découvert, an annual event for graduates of the Bachelor's program in Visual and Media Arts (UQAM), as well as the continuation of the extensive virtual exhibition Canadian Art as Historical Act.

Finally, keep an eye out for our series of stimulating activities over the next few months, such as the 2020 edition of La nuit des idées on Thursday, January 30, 2020, L’art observe week from March 30 to April 4, 2020, as well as the launch of two publications produced by Galerie de l’UQAM following exhibitions Waiting (2019) and Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment (2019-2020).


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, with a concentration in Feminist Studies

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The first “test-tube baby” came into the world over 40 years ago. Since then, more than seven million children have been born through in vitro fertilization. While popular culture has led us to believe that every attempt of this biotechnology succeeds, the global success rate is just 27%. LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT! reveals the experience of failure of in vitro fertilization within the same social, political and medical systems that place motherhood at the forefront of women’s lives. An audio and museum installation creates a virtual conversation between 28 participants, including the artist, who have undergone failed in vitro fertilization cycles and have not become mothers. This exhibition invites the public to hear these 28 women, and question the links between science, socially-defined roles and procreation.

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.


Canadian Art as Historical Act
Curator: Josée Desforges

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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 2020 winter and spring program at 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
Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.
Free admission

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


Source: Julie Meunier, Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division
UQAM Communications Service
Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1707


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