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Dates: September 18 – November 21, 2020
Opening: Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m. CANCELLED

Reservations required (free):

September 10, 2020 – Galerie de l’UQAM will be presenting Mending, an on-site exhibition that revisits Université du Québec à Montréal’s vast art collection using key works and a critical approach. Simultaneously, the gallery will launch the first iteration of a new series entitled Paroles d’image: Que savez-vous de moi? This off-site exhibition will occupy the street-level display windows of the university’s Judith Jasmin Pavilion, resulting from the collaborative work of visual artists Céline Huyghebaert and Sophie Jodoin.

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Artists: Jean-Michel Alberola, Asian Brain Trust (Divya Mehra, Kim Nguyen, Amy Fung), Gwenaël Bélanger, Patrick Bernatchez, Dominique Blain, Monic Brassard, Judy Chicago, Sam Cotter, Paterson Ewen, Vera Frenkel, Lise Gervais, Amartey Golding, Michel Goulet, Jenny Holzer, David Horvitz, Rashid Johnson, Nicole Jolicoeur, Kamissa Ma Koïta, Christine Major, Mario Merola, Alanis Obomsawin, Anne Ramsden, Monique Régimbald-Zeiber, David Tomas, Angèle Verret, Anne Walsh

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Mending reengages with the Université du Québec à Montréal Art Collection, an artistic legacy spanning half a century and over 4,000 works of art. This updated cross-section of works reflects a diverse corpus of art from Québec and around the world spotlighting new acquisitions and overlooked, or even neglected, pieces from our catalogue. Whether as artists, art historians, or museum curators, the work of selecting what is shown demands a reflexive approach on the part of its practitioners: naming, tracing, amending, rewriting, remaking, replaying, repairing.

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Some of the works culled for this exhibition allow us to glimpse certain sore spots – and blind spots – that, particularly noticeable nowadays, can weaken social contracts. When we examine the collection, with an eye to its enrichment or to its didactic purpose, we must contend with its multiple narratives, namely that of a preordained cultural legacy vis-à-vis the need for greater fairness, inclusiveness, empathy, and openness to transformation.

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The title of the show, Mending, contains allusions to crafting and salvaging, to the act of repairing, sparingly and responsibly. These actions bely a commitment to principles that are needed now more than ever. By interweaving the various statements contained in these works, this exhibition shows us where we might go from here.

Artists: Céline Huyghebaert, Sophie Jodoin
Location: Display windows of UQAM’s Judith-Jasmin Pavilion

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“And there are so many silences to be broken…”
Audre Lorde

Que savez-vous de moi? is a giant sentence co-authored by artists Céline Huyghebaert and Sophie Jodoin, commissioned by the Galerie de l’UQAM. The words are spread out over the six street-facing display windows of the gallery like a centrefold. The question, posed collectively, signals an indignant refusal to be seen catching one’s breath. The words occupy the walls and windows of the building façade, spilling over into the street. It addresses, startles, irritates, justifies, inquires, and refuses definition by the viewer.

Céline Huyghebaert’s artistic practice is centred on books and the printed word in narrative work that occupies the intersection of documentary and fiction. Her interests hone in on the silence and repression that perforate our personal and collective histories. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Darling Foundry, DARE-DARE, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, to name a few. Her memoir Le drap blanc came out on Le Quartanier in 2019, and she often collaborates on short-form publications with other artists. She has received numerous awards and honours, including the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art (2019) and the Governor General’s Literary Award (2019).

Sophie Jodoin is increasingly interested in the ways in which language functions vis-à-vis the image, with a particular focus on women’s realities and representations of intimacy, loss, and absence. She explores this subject matter through installation work where drawing, collage, text, photography, found objects and video interplay. Jodoin’s recent exhibitions include Toi que jamais je ne termine at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Room(s) to move: je, tu, elle, an exhibit in three chapters, at Expression, Centre d’exposition (St. Hyacinthe, QC), the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON) and at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (St. Jérôme, QC). In 2017, she was the recipient of both the Prix Louis-Comtois and the Giverny Capital Prize.

Galerie de l’UQAM and Université du Québec à Montréal have put in place safety procedures in accordance with public safety guidelines as well as municipal, provincial and federal administrations. These adjustments to our usual methods – including required reservations, free of charge – aim to offer a relaxed, safe and inspiring visit.

Reserve as of now:

Read the full procotol:

Opening of the gallery’s fall exhibitions
Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM
Reservations required for visits, 6 – 8 p.m.:

Book launch: Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment
Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM
$35, 184 pages, in French and English

During the opening of its exhibitions, Galerie de l’UQAM will be launching its most recent publication entitled Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment. This book follows the exhibition bearing the same name, presented at the gallery in 2019-2020, that put forth a new body of photo and video works by the Montréal-based artist, initiated during a residency in the Arctic. Incidentally, the exhibition will be touring at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) in spring 2021.

Our mediators look forward to taking you and your group on guided tours of Mending and Que savez-vous de moi? The tours are flexible and open to all school and community groups. The content can be adapted to meet your particular needs and to complement material covered in the classroom. These activities are available free of charge, in French or English, or even with an interpreter in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

Under the current circumstances, visits outside of the gallery’s opening hours will be prioritized. However, if your teaching schedule requires that the visit take place during our opening hours, please contact us as soon as possible. Our team will come into contact with you to find the best ways to greet you safely.

+ more information:

Reservations required for groups:
Philippe Dumaine
Cultural Mediation Manager, Galerie de l’UQAM
514 987-3000, poste 1424


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Galerie de l’UQAM
Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, Room J-R120
1400 Berri, corner of Sainte-Catherine East, Montréal
Berri-UQAM Metro

Wednesday – Saturday, 1 – 6 p.m.
Free admission
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Press Relations and Special Events Division
UQAM Communications Service
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