articule has the immense pleasure to welcome Dominique Fontaine as part of its first curatorial residency for curators who identify as indigenous and/or people of colour living in Montreal. Tentatively titled “Scènes de la vie quotidienne à Montréal (on belonging and the politics of belonging)”, Dominique Fontaine’s project will examine the relationship between arts, migration and representation in the context of Montreal and contemporary art practices. In the course of the year 2015, through a study of notions of belonging and politics of belonging, the project will transform articule into a collective space where artists, theorists and audiences will be invited to participate in mini-residencies or laboratories in order to reflect on new ideas on the city, life in Montreal and politics of belonging.
Dominique Fontaine is a curator, cultural advisor and Founding Director of aPOSteRIORI, a non-profit curatorial platform – researching, documenting, developing, producing and facilitating innovation in diverse contemporary art practices. Fontaine graduated in visual arts and arts administration from the University of Ottawa, and completed De Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Since 1992, she has curated and organized several contemporary art events in Canada and abroad. In 1998, she was a Curator and Jury member of DAK’ART ’98, la biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dakar, Senegal. Her curatorial projects included Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014; Images, Imageries, Imaginaires – International Photography Exhibition of the World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, 2010, Dakar (Senegal); Forms and topographies: African Cityscape in flux, 2009, Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece); “Moshekwa Langa: Unlimited”, Art Star Video Biennial, 2005, Ottawa. She is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). Born in Port-au-Prince (Haïti), she has lived most of her life in Canada. Dominique Fontaine lives in Montréal.
articule’s first research residency for curators of colour was initiated through a desire to address the issue of the underrepresentation of indigenous people and/or people of colour in the visual art milieu of Quebec. By favouring the development of new approaches whose theoretical foundations are situated beyond or in critique of European tradition, articule aims to contribute in helping renew the discourse and means we have to understand contemporary art.
articule would like to thank the Conseil des arts de Montréal for its financial support in making this pilot project possible.