Writers club - Essays

 

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}

 

 

The Silence of Sovereignty   April 21, 2015

Noémie Despland-Lichtert

Silence, the absence of noise or of any sound at all, can have a negative or at least passive connotation; indeed, the absence of speech can be associated with censorship. That said, silence is also integral to thought. In today’s noise-polluted world, silence can be a powerful tool. Through The Silence of Sovereignty, Dylan Miner proposes that we listen to the silence of certain places as a form of resistance, a quiet strength of aboriginal sovereignty on North American soil.

Given that aboriginal resistance is often ... {read more}

 

 

Our Own Style of Play   March 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015

Josianne Poirier

The rules of the game are simple. There is a pile of wooden sticks in the centre of the table. Players take it in turns to gingerly remove one stick at a time. As long as the pile remains static, the player can attempt another; as soon as sticks begin to slip, the next player takes over. At times it seems as though our leaders are sadistically enjoying a similar game. Players from municipal, provincial, and federal governments sit around the table. Methodically, they take turns in making their move: remove funding here, reduce a budget ... {read more}

 

 

Learning to say yes   January 16, 2015 to February 15, 2015

Edwin Janzen

Critiquing capitalism is tricky business. As “the system” pushes itself into every space and “marketizes” every phenomenon, even benign social interventions like public libraries and bike lanes seem radical. An entire adult generation has grown up knowing nothing except triumphal capitalism, with no idea what alternatives “really look like.” Today, looking beyond capitalism’s boundaries has become nigh impossible, and it may be said that any critique arising from within an advanced capitalist ... {read more}

 

 

Krakow Meets Montreal   September 23, 2014 to December 23, 2014

This autumn, articule will join with RiAP 2014 in presenting a performance art event that brings Polish and Montréal-based artists together. Justyna Gorowska, Michelle Lacombe, Devora Neumark, and Marta Ostajewska will explore modes of expression through the body, time, space, and signs.

In an era of cultural globalization, what links can be traced between ways that issues relating to body or place are expressed in performance art around the world? Does a shared national or global history influence the body’s ... {read more}

 

 

Everyday Cooking, Cooking Every Day   August 12, 2014 to August 26, 2014

Edwin Janzen

The act of cooking in the milieu of twenty-first century capitalism has emerged as a site of conspicuous contradictions, as this everyday necessity has been ruthlessly commercialized, and thereby exceptionalized. We regard the celebrity chefs of reality television with adulation, while casually identifying ourselves, even in the absence of a connoisseur’s knowledge, as “foodies.” Every next week we convince ourselves of the heights of health that some old-yet-new, essential “superfood” will permit us to scale, ... {read more}

 

 

LISA REIHANA: CARVING MAORI CONTEMPORANEITY    October 18, 2014

Rhonda Meier

One of the foremost multimedia artists of her generation, Lisa Reihana is renowned for creating works that reinterpret and reinvigorate traditional Maori stories and knowledge. Mareikura are noble, celestial, or supernatural maidens—or treasured, esteemed and dear ones—and articule is honoured to host them in the most ... {read more}

 

 

Husbands and Wives   April 25, 2014

Rhonda Meier

There are only two things I care about in life mostly—those two things are art and love … art is something that no matter what you do, it will always be with you, but love, love is the hardest …1

 

Between Reality and Transcendence is Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s profoundly felt lament on relationships lost. Stemming from her performance-driven practice, this exhibition consists of 12 large-scale photographs (The  ... {read more}

 

 

Self Control Room   March 07, 2014

Marlène Renaud-B.

We subject ourselves to different forms of self-surveillance everyday. We, the subject, are fundamentally altered by the content, information and imagery that is stored within, so that we become increasingly exogenous, constructing and defining ourselves according to these media, removing ourselves from reality.

 

A monolith emerges. An omniscient octagonal structure. We are being watched. Cameras aimed at different parts of the gallery make us more self-conscious. A playground strewn with objects, the bare ... {read more}

 

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