DIAGONALE (Montréal) + MAINS D' ŒUVRES (Paris)
2016 - 2018
In the interest of promoting the thriving visual art scenes of their respective cities, and to work collaboratively on a critically engaged, multi-facetted project, Diagonale (Montréal) and Mains d’Œuvres (Paris) are embarking on unique initiative whereby each centre will develop an in situ curatorial proposal within the other centre’s space.
This ambitious, two-headed project will unfold in three phases beginning in 2016, and carry on through 2017 and 2018. Ann Stounevel, Director of Visual Arts programmes at Mains d’Œuvres, and Chloé Grondeau, Artistic Director at Diagonale, will each undertake a research residency and curatorial project at each other’s centre over the next two years.
The adventure began with curator and art critic Alexandrine Dhainaut, who is conducted research and studio visits while at Diagonale. Her residency spent selected the work of Montreal artists who were presented alongside their French counterparts at Mains d’Œuvres.
► CURATORIAL RESIDENCY AT MAINS D'OEUVRES / JANUARY 18
► EXHIBITION AT MAINS D'OEUVRES / AU LOIN UNE ÎLE 1.02 - 11.03.18
CURATORIAL RESIDENCY AT DIAGONALE / AUGUST
EXHIBITION AT DIAGONALE / LES GRANDS VOYAGEURS 1.09 - 7.10.17
LES GRANDS VOYAGEURS
Patrick Beaulieu, Vincent Chevillon, Eric Giraudet de Boudemange, Raphaëlle de Groot, Kapwani Kiwanga, Nadia Myre, Eléonore Saintagnan, Sébastien Rémy et Cyril Verde.
Curator: Ann Stouvenel
09.1 - 10.07. 2017
Opening 08.31, 6 pm
Everything begins with a journey, from the idea itself to the physical displacement. From oceans crossed to populations encountered, from a simple click on “send” to treading on well-worn paths, globe-trotting artists are full of wonderful tales. These stories recall fortuitous discoveries made on stopovers, here and there, somewhere in our global and post-digital world. Curiosity leads to the collection of information from those who are most willing to share it. The transfer of these stories, from their point of origin to here, is led by these great travellers who navigate the depths that sublimate reality. Artists immerse themselves in these depths. From their chosen raw materials, they collect, cut, assemble, divert, re-appropriate, and create relationships. They have returned with unique beliefs and customs, memories of a history marked by the collateral damage of modernism, the feedback of the journey itself, and moments of reverie. Back home again, distance is re-established and opens the door to other worlds, revealed, questioned, mystified, re-enchanted.The works on view here have been specifically produced or recreated for this exhibition context.
Ann Stouvenel / Translation Jo-Anne Balcaen
► CURATORIAL RESIDENCY AT DIAGONALE / 11.06 - 24.06.16
► EXHIBITION AT MAINS D'ŒUVRES / DRESS CODES 1.09 - 09.10.16
Opening 1.09 , 6 pm.
With the artists: Kim Waldron, Sorel Cohen, Myriam Jacob-Allard, Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Dayna McLeod, Justine Pluvinage, Johanna Benaïnous & Elsa Parra.
On each side of the Atlantic Ocean, we wonder on what clichés rest upon, how do the norms and the codes of representations of one sex or another construct themselves ? How do the roles, male and female, divide up and why ? As to demonstrate its arbitrary dimension, we set ourselves into motion, we place ourselves in front of the (video) camera and we put on a disguise. We parody, we distort a gesture, an accessory, we strike a pose, we perform the clichés again to underline their limits, to highlight the conventions which shape and condition us. Nourished with the perspective of women artists from Montreal, especially met for the occasion, and of other women artists, the works put together will be tools for thought, through art, on the dominant role-models, the stereotypes and the possible gap in all this. Because : if the suit makes the man banker, what about the woman banker ?
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Alexandrine Dhainaut is a journalist, art critic and curator. She regularly contributes to Zérodeux, Le Quotidien de l’art, Lyon Capitale and others art magazines.
More details about the curator: Alexandrine Dhainaut
Project program :
2016 : Montreal - Paris
June : Residency of Alexandrine Dhainaut at Montreal
September : Exhibition at Mains d’Œuvres
2017 : Canada - France
September : Residency of Ann Stouvenel at Montreal
October : Exhibition at Diagonale
2018 : North America - Europe
January : Residency of Chloé Grondeau at Paris
February : Exhibition at Mains d’Œuvres
+ details about our partner : Mains d'Œuvres
Jessica Auer, Still Ruins, Moving Stones, 2014
Vincent Chevillon, Lisières, avec le soutien de la FNAGP, 2014.
Kim Waldron, Jurist, 2003, Série Working Assumption, C–Print
Justine Pluvinage, Work nº144 : Hot Wheels, 2011
Alexandrine Dhainaut, Porteurs d’images et de légendes. Les intercesseurs
filmiques de Mohamed Bourouissa. esse art + opinions #73.