Writers club - Essays

 

Even this page is white 1   September 26, 2017

Nima Esmailpour

by Nima Esmailpour

Taken with a neutral facial expression, bullet points follow: Eyes open and clearly visible. Mouth closed, no smiling. How interesting that a passport photo can be a description of an “identity photo” to be captured on a plain white or light-coloured background? What does it mean to a racialized person seeking a status to be reminded that photos must reflect/represent natural skin tones2? What if we notice the delusion of neutrality attributed to the official ... {read more}

 

 

Welcome to Our Garden of Earthly Delights   April 20, 2017

Megan Mericle

When thinking about gardens or parks, references ‘spring’ to mind such as the infamous Garden of Eden, the ornate and geometric Versailles gardens, and the massive Central Park in New York City. Literary incarnations of gardens feature mysterious, symbolic, forbidding, or magical qualities, and they are often portrayed as sites for healing and retreat. In The Garden of Speculations, the diverse practices of Kelly Jaclynn Andres, Maude Bernier Chabot, Véronique Chagnon-Côté and Maude Deslauriers draw ... {read more}

 

 

Winnie Ho: Being Together   April 20, 2017

Katerina Pansera

 

In an age defined by digital spaces and interactions, it may well be that bodies in proximity and physical touch possess an amplified potential for radical experience. Over a period of one week in April at articule we may ponder this notion, as Winnie Ho invites us to hold her hand, a seemingly simple act that will inform her ongoing research on intimacy and collaborative practice. For this project, Conversations with Another While Being, the artist asks strangers to join her within her gallery installation: to lie ... {read more}

 

 

Interview: Eduardo Velázquez   February 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Eduardo Velázquez (New York)

My name is Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez. I am a painter, performance artist and filmmaker from Santo Domingo living in New York City. I am very excited to present my most recent work at articule in Montreal. As an artist and activist, Quebec has always been a precious place to come as a young artist. If it is not for art, it is for activism or for just simple inspiration. I found myself back over and over again in Montreal, falling in love with winter, the cultural diversity and the contemporary art scene. So, I am honored to have my ... {read more}

 

 

You Are As Beautiful As You Think You Are   February 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Aditi Ohri

(Versión en español debajo)

In #Postcolonialbooty, Eduardo Velázquez explores difficult questions of violence, beauty, gender identity and race. In this body of work, fantasy and reality combine to celebrate, reclaim, and critically consider postcolonial expressions of beauty and the turbulent histories that preceded them. Having grown up in the Bronx after immigrating from the Dominican Republic, Velázquez is well aware of the distinct racial politics of the post-colonial DR and the settler- ... {read more}

 

 

Now And Then: Intentionally In-Between    November 05, 2016 to December 04, 2016

Candace Mooers

 

Each in their own way, the four artists who comprise the exhibition Future Memories present works that investigate time, particularly the temporal spaces that exist between past, present, memory, historicity, and possible futures. Employing different media, from video to textile, the artists Ambivalently Yours, Sophia Borowska, Zinnia Naqvi and Zeesy Powers each share moments that question modernity's notion of time as linear past-present-future categories directed towards progress. They refute a line of thinking ... {read more}

 

 

Staging Critical Chinoiserie: Karen Tam’s Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop    September 02, 2016 to October 02, 2016

Victoria Nolte

The latest iteration of Karen Tam’s mixed media installation Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop (2011-ongoing)[1] turns attention to the spaces of diasporic encounters, examining the transnational movements of bodies and consumer products, and deconstructing the ways in which they shape cultural meaning and everyday life. In this re-imagined curiosities shop a mixture of found and ‘faked’ antiques, chinoiserie art objects, and household items (such as porcelain ... {read more}

 

 

Uncertain Ground   May 13, 2016 to June 12, 2016

Katerina Pansera

It is difficult to say whether Mathieu Cardin is more an artist of deception, or an agent of truth. Certainly, the two personas mingle in his architecturally ambitious installations. Characteristic of Cardin’s work is an invitation to secret spaces and viewpoints; we are given access to behind-the-scenes, underbellies, workrooms. We come upon them in surprise, feeling the interloper, or, perhaps, co-conspirator. When he grants us entry into what appears to be a set production room, or shows us the chassis supporting a model landscape ... {read more}

 

 

Our world is of this kingdom   January 29, 2016 to February 28, 2016

Dominique Fontaine

Repérages or À la découverte de notre monde or Sans titre is a multi-titled exhibition presented as part of the curatorial research residency Scènes de la vie quotidienne à Montréal (on belonging and the politics of belonging)[i]. The following questions served as a framework for the residency’s activities: migration, belonging, alienation and issues faced by cities with diverse ... {read more}

 

 

"In Canada, if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll succeed": Silent Citizen by Bambitchell   October 16, 2015 to November 15, 2015

Aditi Ohri

Bambitchell is the moniker for the collaborative practice of Toronto-based duo Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. Together, they are a powerhouse of wit, melancholy and critique, creating prints, video and installation work with an underlying longing for a place that does not exist: a utopic political landscape where equality and basic human decency are not optional. The artists have been collaborating since 2009, producing work that lampoons Canadian power structures in order to question the status quo. Queering notions of diaspora ... {read more}

 

 

Taking Action to Commit to Memory: (Another) Day of the Dead   September 24, 2015

Megan Mericle

Maria Ezcurra’s collective-action installation Pinned Down (or how to keep hiding thousands of needles in a haystack) commemorates the lives of 43 student activists from the Ayotzinapa Teacher's College in southern Mexico. One year ago, on September 26th 2014, the students were traveling by bus to Iguala, Guerrero, to protest a conference held by the mayor’s wife. During their journey they were kidnapped, killed and burned, with their remains thrown into the San Juan river. This event caused an ... {read more}

 

 

Regions of Desire   August 13, 2015

Lamontagne, Megan Mericle

The discovery, in an archive in Chile, of a photographer’s work that dates from the 1970s sets the original enigma that fascinates Anelys Wolf and inspires a series of paintings entitled Rural Glamour from a very Southern América. The photos are all portraits of men taken in the countryside. “There was something different about them,” says Wolf. Having worked with photographic archives, she grasps the importance of perspective and how the photographer's lens is much more than just a lens: it is an ... {read more}

 

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