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Gallery 1
Jo-Anne Balcaen
from April 13th 2019 to June 15th 2019

Opening, Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3PM to 6PM
Family Saturdays: May 4 and June 15, 2019.
Internal Dynamics, an installation of photographs with soundtrack by Jo-Anne Balcaen, is the latest iteration of works that delve into the psychic experience of artists who grapple with what Bourdieu called the inverted economy, where artists don’t make work to earn a living but earn a living in order to make work. Conditioned by years of experience as a former exhibition coordinator, Balcaen’s candid perspective on the art world results from the artist’s own ambiguous position within the field as both an insider and an outsider and the effect this condition has on her psyche as she strives for self-actualization.
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Gallery 2
Adam Basanta
from April 13th 2019 to June 15th 2019

Opening, Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3PM to 6PM
Family Saturdays: May 4 and June 15, 2019.
The philosopher Edmund Husserl spoke of two basic modalities of time, fixed and flowing, and turned to melody to illustrate their knitting-together. For him, the experience of unified time involved retaining the immediately preceding—what just happened—in such a way as to anticipate what was yet to come. It is on these terms that Adam Basanta’s latest works invite us to contemplate an impasse in our time-consciousness.
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Les Samedis ensemble en familles |
Saturdays with the Family

from June 15th 2019 to June 15th 2019
Around the work of Jo-Anne Balcaen, Adam Basanta!

Oyé young sailor!

OPTICA invites you to live a great adventure with the two cultural pirates of the center. Together, we will go to discover the exhibitions of Adam Basanta and Jo-Anne Balcaen. We will sail on the great sea of contemporary art and confirm a well kept secret. In order to find the treasure, you will have to complete the ultimate test of making your own seal.
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Avec / With Sophie Bélair Clément, Rebecca Belmore, Olivia Boudreau, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Marie-Ève Charron, Sorel Cohen, Raphaëlle de Groot, Philippe Dumaine, Vera Frenkel, Andrea Geyer, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Clara Gutsche, Rashid Johnson, Marie-Josée Lafortune, Suzy Lake, arkadi lavoie lachapelle, Maryse Larivière, Emmanuelle Léonard, Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell, Wanda Nanibush, Abdi Osman, Camal Pirbhai, Claire Savoie, Johanne Sloan, Jana Sterbak, Thérèse St-Gelais, Camille Turner, Rinaldo Walcott, Giovanna Zapperi.
from March 15th 2019 to March 23rd 2019
Montreal and Toronto Launches, new publication: ARCHI-FÉMINISTES!

Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories
Montreal and Toronto book launches
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Adam Basanta, Eli Kerr
from May 25th 2019 to May 25th 2019
Public Conversation at OPTICA, Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Part of his solo exhibition at OPTICA, A Large Inscription / A Great Noise, Adam Basanta meet with Eli Kerr in the form of a public conversation.
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Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories

Optica, Montreal, 2019.
160 p., 15,8 x 23,18 cm.
ISBN 978-2-922085-15-0
Texts in French and English
35$ or 42.74$ shipping included