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December 8, 2015 – The Galerie de l’UQAM unveils its program for winter and spring 2016. The year will be off to a flying start with the surprising do it Montréal, a major project of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on a world tour since 1993, and whose Montréal edition will bring together over 80 artists. Then, the gallery will host an exploration of the polysemic concept of motion through the video works of twenty artists from Montréal and Geneva; a reflection on the photographic image and its materiality with Caroline Mauxion; a panorama of emerging practices from UQAM with Passage à découvert and a meditation on immobility and territory with Marie-Claude Gendron.


January 13 to February 20, 2016
Opening: Tuesday, January 12, 5:30 p.m.

  • do it 1do it Montréal
    Curator: Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Exhibition produced and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York

    Started in Paris in 1993, the do it project is an exhibition capable of continually generating new versions of itself. The works are based on written "scores" or instructions that can be disseminated in the form of a book and openly interpreted every time they are presented by spectators and artists. Thus, each do it exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to a set of instructions. To date, more than 400 artists in 30 countries have participated in the project. do it Montréal will comprise 10 exclusive instructions developed by Quebecois artists, choreographers, authors or playwrights, as well as 60 instructions culled from the book do it : The Compendium. The project unfolds in three spaces: in the Galerie de l’UQAM, on campus and off campus (in a “take-out” version). The Galerie de l’UQAM has delegated the curator Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau to select the Montreal instructions, bringing together works and artists who rethink the functions and codes of the exhibition in order to study their role in the production of various forms of knowledge in art. It prompts reflection on curation, new approaches to museology and alternative art discourse and spaces. do it Montréal seeks to make the exhibition a starting point to a broader questioning of museum institutions by re-examining their political and social engagement as well as their embedding in the broader contemporary art system.

    Performances and activities calendar 

 

March 2 to April 9, 2016
Opening: Tuesday, March 1, 5 :30 p.m.

  • Motion 1Motion. Montréal / Geneva
    Curators: La Fabrique d’expositions and LiveInYourHead. Institut curatorial
    Exhibition produced in collaboration with Head – Geneva, Switzerland

    Motion brings together the work of twenty artists from Quebec and Geneva in an anthology of video pieces on the theme of "motion," understood in two senses: as movement and as a proposal. The concept of motion takes into consideration the energy that activates as well as the principle that motivates. This double raison d'être initiates often absurd or even preposterous processes and actions in the works exhibited, a sort of infernal circle that directs our attention to the planetary issues of food and energy production. Their reserve supply, which is not always renewable, becomes a test zone crying out for inventive alternatives. Destruction and death, nourishment and survival: the motion that has now become urgent at the intersection of these inescapable realities is borne by artists and their observation of today's world.

  • Mauxion 1Caroline Mauxion. À n’y voir que du bleu
    Graduating Master's student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

    Should a photographic image solely be understood in its capacity to represent and its relationship to the real? If a word is put into practice by being spoken, a text by being read, how does this apply to photography? How do you put an image into practice? Faced with the image’s profusion and dematerialization, Caroline Mauxion aims to reconnect with her images through video and photography. It is by conceiving photography in its indexical logic that Caroline Mauxion seeks to explore the possible status of an image, both in its materiality and in its relationship to space. This deposit of light on the sensitive surface - this tangible and not visible link between the medium and its referent, nourishes her thoughts poetically and theoretically. The image is no longer limited only to an iconic end, it is an object to be manipulated and set in space. Her works are never fixed, but are rather in a state of movement and thus open to future transformations.

 

April 22 to May 7, 2016
Opening and awards announcement: Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.

  • Passage 1Passage à découvert
    Graduating students in Visual and Media Arts (BFA), UQAM

    Passage à découvert is an opportunity to discover the works of tomorrow’s contemporary artists and teachers who will take their place in museums, galleries and schools. The exhibition illustrates the students’ creative vitality, curiosity and freedom and bears witness to recent graduates’ professionalism and the excitement that their projects stirs up. Presented each year, this exhibition also reveals the wealth and diversity of the programs offered by the École des arts visuels et médiatiques, which favours a multidisciplinary education.

May 26 to 30, 2016

  • Gendron 1Marie-Claude Gendron. Nos terres louables
    Graduating Master's student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

    Nos terres louables consists of a performative intervention that will take place on the site of the open pit mine in Malartic, Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Through her stationary and continuous onsite presence, Marie-Claude Gendron hopes to foreground the ambient immobility and the artist’s contrarian stance. The prevailing inertia before our rulers’ decisions leads to consequences and lasting marks on the territory. The individual body here bears the load of a long-term passive aggression. This “act of immobility”, which follows up on a series of interventions started in 2013, will be transmitted live to the Galerie de l’UQAM.

 

TOURING EXHIBITIONS

  • Moreau 1Aude Moreau. The Political Nightfall
    Curator: Louise Déry

    Centre culturel canadien, Paris
    Through January 13, 2016

    The Power Plant, Toronto
    January 30 to May 23, 2016
    Opening: Friday, January 29, 8 p.m.

    After its great success at the Galerie de l’UQAM this past spring and in Paris in the fall, Aude Moreau. The Political Nightfall, the first major solo show of the artist, continues a tour that will bring her to Toronto and Luxembourg (September 2016). This exhibition features a body of work developed by the artist over the last 7 years, with night-time panoramas of cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. The photographic, film and sound works of Aude Moreau cast a hitherto unexampled light on the North American city, with its modernist grid, its towers soaring to breathtaking heights, its illuminated logos speaking the language of the multinationals, its solids that box us in, its voids that provide an exit.

  • Motion. Montréal / Geneva
    Curators: La Fabrique d’expositions and LiveInYourHead. Institut curatorial

    LiveInYourHead. Institut curatorial, HEAD, Geneva
    April - May 2016, dates to be confirmed

    Motion brings together the work of twenty artists from Quebec and Geneva in an anthology of video pieces on the theme of "motion," understood in two senses: as movement and as a proposal. The concept of motion takes into consideration the energy that activates as well as the principle that motivates. This double raison d'être initiates often absurd or even preposterous processes and actions in the works exhibited, a sort of infernal circle that directs our attention to the planetary issues of food and energy production. Their reserve supply, which is not always renewable, becomes a test zone crying out for inventive alternatives. Destruction and death, nourishment and survival: the motion that has now become urgent at the intersection of these inescapable realities is borne by artists and their observation of today's world.


VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

  • Peinture 1The Painting Project
    A Snapshot of Painting in Canada
    Curator: Julie Bélisle
    Produced by the Galerie de l'UQAM and exhibited online at the Virtual Museum of Canada
    www.leprojetpeinture.uqam.ca

    Presented as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada, an initiative of Canadian Heritage, The Painting Project includes sixty works by as many artists. Supported by extensive research, it sketches the outlines of current artistic practice in Canada and provides insightful commentary.

 

The 2016 winter and spring program at the Galerie de l'UQAM is produced with the support of

Logo conseil arts canada

Logo conseil arts lettres qc

logo virtual museum

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