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Laura Acosta et Santiago Tavera, The Novels of Elsgüer
(Episode 4) Camouflaged Screams
, 2020, installation multimédia et
performance, dimensions variables. Avec l’aimable permission des artistes. | Multimedia installation and performance, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artists.

Laura Acosta et Santiago Tavera
From January 23rd 2021 to March 20th 2021
The Novels of Elsgüer (Episode 4): Camouflaged Screams

With The Novels of Elsgüer, the Columbian-Canadian duo Laura Acosta and Santiago Tavera have elaborated a set of transdisciplinary installations that explore notions of representation, identity, and belonging through the creation of interactive and immersive digital environments, born by a non-linear storytelling, experimental soundscapes, textile sculpture, and performance. Each installation refers to an episode. The Novels of Elsgüer (Episode 4): Camouflaged Screams further develops the idea of embodied landscapes: the body as both an organic and a virtual site that has the capacity to influence and to create other environments. Participants are invited to actively engage, opening up a new space of dialogue on ideas about presence, adaptation, and agency.

Charlotte Clermont, microsleeps, 2020, photogramme : image numérique transférée sur 16mm.
Avec l’aimable permission de l'artiste. | Videostill: Digital image transferred to 16mm. Courtesy of the artist.

Charlotte Clermont
From January 23rd 2021 to March 20th 2021

Charlotte Clermont’s artistic approach is to explore the malleability of the moving image, using film and magnetic tapes to create complex, intimate moments and spaces. Titled microsleeps, this three-channel film installation, the images of which were originally captured on 16mm film and then transposed to digital media, combines chemically altered figurative images, monochromatic shots, and soundtracks that derive from experimental and noise music. Several elements, such as a minimalist aesthetic, fixed shots, and looped images, borrow from structural film.

Myriam Yates, Classic Playground, Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY, 2018, impression numérique, 35,56 x 53,34 cm. Avec l’aimable permission de l'artiste. | Digital print, 35,56 x 53,34 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Myriam Yates
From April 17th 2021 to June 12th 2021

Myriam Yates is concerned with the relationship between places and their representation, often focused on modern sites or sites in transition, whose peculiar status raises questions about the relationship between the individual, modernity, and architecture. The artist subtly raises social and political issues that influence how we choose to promote or neglect spaces or divert them from their initial purpose. The photographic work in Playgrounds, centred around public gardens and children’s playgrounds, was produced during a stay in New York in fall 2018. Through this series, Yates questions the role played by free space in the city, notions of control, the rise of a certain conformity, and the appropriation of urban space.

Gabriela Löffel, Performance, 2017-2018, installation vidéo, 2 canaux, haut-parleurs, 25 min. Avec l’aimable permission de l'artiste. | 2-Channel video installation, speakers, 25 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Gabriela Löffel
From April 17th 2021 to June 12th 2021

Gabriela Löffel’s practice is particularly concerned with those liminal areas in which meanings tend to shift. In her research, Löffel examines the systems and structures that govern the representation and interpretation of reality. With [Performance], a two-channel video projection, she analyzes the audio recording of a presentation given by the technical director of a Homeland Security corporation. This work deconstructs the spoken form and content of the speech to bring out the productive and rhetorical procedures of a language that effectively serves to advance economic and political interests. Here it is a question of examining the process of optimization and appropriation in public speech.

MOMENTA | Biennale de l'image; Commissaire | Curator: Stefanie Hessel; Artiste à confirmer | Artists to confirm

From September 10th 2021 to October 23rd 2021
Quand la nature ressent

The 2021 edition of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, titled Sensing Nature, is informed by a desire to unsettle the divide between nature and its representation. The exhibitions will be guided by the works of artists deeply invested in decolonizing strategies and examining queer ecologies to reimagine environmental politics and notions of the natural. MOMENTA 2021 will work towards decentring the often-foregrounded Western human creator of knowledge about the natural world to make room for stories that dwell in the blurred boundaries between culture and nature, weaving in different forms of knowing, both human and nonhuman. Audacious and hopeful, these “other” stories propose a shift in perception toward the sensibility of earth systems as narrators of their own logic. In turning toward nature’s own enunciations, the biennale explores new, caring sensitivities.

Curator Stefanie Hessler will explore earth systems as narrators of their own logic. The exhibitions, the publication, and all of the activities for the public will be organized around this theme.

Stefanie Hessler (Germany) is a curator, writer, and editor. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary systems from an intersectional feminist perspective, with a focus on the ocean and other ecologies.

Caroline Cloutier
From November 13th 2021 to December 18th 2021

Caroline Cloutier is pursuing her research on spatial practices in photography. Integrated into the architecture of the places they have invested, these installations demonstrate extensions of the photographic device that specifically address the modes of interaction between image, space, and perception. Using a formalistic approach, coupled with a spare and minimal construction, Cloutier modulates and opens the space by using the artifice of lighting and mirrors to create virtual passages and trompe-l’oeil illusions. She thus produces a mise en abîme of the mechanics of the exhibition. Her new series attests to reflections based on spatial constructions, combining interlocking spaces, off-camera activation, and plays of perspectives.

Caroline Cloutier is the recipient of the 2020 Yvonne L. Bombardier Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts from the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.

J. Armand Bombardier Foundation
Created in 1965 by the wife and three daughters of the inventor, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation contributes to the advancement of individuals, organizations and communities by supporting initiatives that foster social innovation and capacity building. Since its inception, the Foundation has been chosen by Bombardier as one of the vehicles through which it fulfills its social responsibility.

One foundation, three destinations: in addition to its philanthropic work, the Foundation supports the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre in Valcourt, through which it promotes academic perseverance and access to the arts and culture.

Olivia Boudreau
From November 13th 2021 to December 18th 2021
Haut voltage

Offering experiences that engage visitors in slowness and duration, Olivia Boudreau’s practice places great importance on the representation of the female body in performance. This temporality establishes a presence that prompts a reconsideration of our relationship to the moving image. With Haut voltage, Boudreau initiates a new creative cycle, focused on the theme of reconciliation, reparations, and restoration. According to the artist, “this is probably the most important gesture we have to make at this time. The idea is expressed as much in the everyday life of our objects as in the need to rethink our relationship to the other and to the world.” Boudreau plans to produce a video installation in the form of a shot-sequence that unfolds over time, along with a performance based on a protocol by which each performer depends on the other to ensure their own well-being and safety.