Winter 2023 Programming at Galerie de l’UQAM


December 13, 2023 – Building on the momentum of fall 2022, Galerie de l’UQAM is proud to unveil the exhibitions of its winter 2023 programming.

The current exhibitions, Dawit L. Petros. Spazio Disponibile and Emmanuelle Duret. Views from Above, will continue after the holidays until January 21, 2023. Both exhibitions create dialogues between discursive and poetic thinking so as to understand suppressed memories of the past: of Italian colonial history in the first case and of places marked by the concentration camp system in Germany in the second. Visitors can enjoy a number of public activities between now and the end of the exhibitions, such as a roundtable discussion with artist Dawit L. Petros, curator Irene Campolmi, and guests Uoldelul Chelati Dirar, Fabrizio Gallanti and Francesco Filippi, which will be held at Casa d’Italia on January 20.

Exhibition view, Dawit L. Petros. Spazio Disponibile, 2022, Galerie de l’UQAM. © Galerie de l’UQAM 
Exhibition view, Emmanuelle Duret. Views from Above, 2022, Galerie de l’UQAM. © Galerie de l’UQAM 

Galerie de l’UQAM continues its programming with two exhibitions that unpack the themes of belonging and territoriality from the perspectives of women artists: Eshi uapatika ishkueuatsh tshitassinu / Regards de femmes sur le territoire and Lynn Kodeih. Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner. In addition to the exhibitions presented at Galerie de l’UQAM, the programming extends beyond the gallery’s walls with Le septième pétale d’une tulipe-monstre, which will continue its tour of the Canadian Francophonie at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen in Moncton, New Brunswick. Furthermore, the virtual exhibition Françoise Sullivan: Une ligne imaginaire will launch in Winter 2023, while Canadian Art as Historical Act will remain available to the public until May 2023.

Lastly, in the next few months, Galerie de l’UQAM will launch the digital project L’art cultive, a series of educational kits offered for free to Quebec art teachers to help them introduce young audiences to contemporary art.


February 10 – April 1, 2023
Opening: Thursday, February 9, 5:30 p.m.

Eshi uapatika ishkueuatsh tshitassinu / Regards de femmes sur le territoire
Curator: Sonia Robertson
Guide: Caroline Nepton-Hotte
Artists: Marie-Andrée Gill, Sophie Kurtness, and Soleil Launière

Sophie Kurtness, Takuneu / porter la vie, 2022, installation view, Le LOBE. Photo: Patrick Simard 

The project Eshi uapatika ishkueuatsh tshitassinu / Regards de femmes sur le territoire came out of the 2021–2022 residency program at the LOBE artist-run centre. Curated by artist and art therapist Sonia Robertson and guided by Caroline Nepton-Hotte, a professor in the Department of Art History at UQAM, the exhibition presents installations by artists Marie-Andrée Gill, Sophie Kurtness, and Soleil Launière. These women of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation of Mashteuiatsh, in the Lac-Saint-Jean region, share their imaginaries of the Nitassinan territory, the ancestral homeland of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, in a process of decolonization and Indigenization. As a promise of a better life and a place of knowledge transfer, connection, and healing, the material or intangible territory is connected to identity. Supported by the curator’s approach, the artists explore techniques and practices outside their respective comfort zones in a safe environment in which they can surpass themselves.

Lynn Kodeih: Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner

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

Lynn Kodeih, Portable landscape (detail), 2022. Photo : Lynn Kodeih

In Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner, Lynn Kodeih tries to give concrete form, through image, to the fluctuation that exists between various places: places of origin, affiliation, loss, and colonization. Kodeih reflects on her position as an immigrant to a country haunted by its colonial history, as well as the ongoing relationship to space (the one taken away, the one being offered). What can we bring to this new environment and what should we leave behind? What defines a territory? What makes it sterile, hostile, or hospitable? Through experiments in video, printing, and ceramics, the artist develops protocols for making the image disappear in order to explore its materiality. In the context of an image-saturated world, her work attests to the need of taking another look at spaces of loss in order to reimagine them.


From January 25 to March 26, 2023 at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen in Moncton, New Brunswick

Opening: Wednesday, January 25, 5 p.m.

Le septième pétale d’une tulipe-monstre
Curator: Elise Anne LaPlante
Artists: Caroline Boileau, Mimi Haddam, Ikumagialiit, Helena Martin Franco, Dominique Rey, Winnie Truong
Exhibition organized by La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, and Galerie de l’UQAM

Winnie Truong, Pining After, 2015-2016, dry pastel and colored pencil on paper, 20 x 24 inches

How do different forms of normativity govern our bodies? How does imaginary somatic research allow us to approach the so-called alternative representations of the body? Le septième pétale d’une tulipe-monstre examines understandings of the body that challenge its normative contours. This three-part exhibition presents practices that make room for hybrid, ambiguous bodies, or that explore different possibilities through metamorphosis. Each cycle, presented consecutively at La Maison des artistes visuels francophones in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, in October 2022, at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen in Moncton, New Brunswick, in January 2023, and at Galerie de l’UQAM in Montreal, Quebec, in November 2023, will each present new articulations between the artworks.


Winter 2023

Françoise Sullivan. An Imaginary Line
Curator: Louise Déry

Françoise Sullivan, Danse à Cybèle (detail), 1976, digital transfer made in 2020 from a Super 8 film, color, no sound, 2 min 5 s and 13 digital color prints (photograms from the film), 27.3 x 25 cm (each) © Françoise Sullivan / Socan, 2022

Building on the exhibition Françoise Sullivan. The 1970s, presented in June 2021 at Galerie de l’UQAM, the virtual exhibition Françoise Sullivan. An Imaginary Line grew out of the discovery of new information and unknown works from the 1970s. During those years, Françoise Sullivan discovered several conceptual and Arte Povera artists in Italy, leading her to explore new correlations between thought, text, image, and gesture. At that time, her work was rooted in photography, film, text and performative actions, embracing the realities that prolonged the impulse of Refus global from 1948. Her artistic approach was shaped by the student, feminist, labour, and political protest movements that unfurled before her eyes. Curated by Louise Déry, an “imaginary line” is drawn on a horizon that merges every moment of art, life, time, and the world.

Until May 2023

Canadian Art as Historical Act
Director: Louise Déry
Curator and Coordinator: Josée Desforges

Jin-me Yoon, Group of Sixty-Seven (detail), 1996-1997, installation of 134 cibachrome prints, 40 x 50 cm (each photograph). Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG 97.2 a-eeeeee, purchased in 2004) © Jin-me Yoon

Bringing together the work of more than 150 artists, Canadian Art as Historical Act aims to return art to Canadian history by interweaving canonical works and rare discoveries, artistic events and visual anachronisms. The exhibition is produced by Galerie de l’UQAM and made available online with the support of Digital Museums Canada, an initiative of Canadian Heritage.


L’art cultive is a new series of educational kits developed by the Galerie de l’UQAM team. Through this initiative, the gallery wishes to provide Quebec art teachers with resources and tools they can use to introduce their students to contemporary art. The kits aim to show the scope and variety of the issues addressed by artists today, as well as emphasize art’s vital place in the conversations animating our living, educational, and working environments. Built around exhibitions recently presented at Galerie de l’UQAM, the L’art cultive kits offer reproductions of works, exhibition views, video clips, textual information, as well as directions for initiating discussions and creative projects with young audiences.

The Winter 2023 programming at Galerie de l’UQAM is produced with the support of:

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