2009_boyle_vanity_p© Shary Boyle, Vanity, gouache, ink and acrylic on paper, 2009

Shary Boyle. Flesh and Blood

Curator : Louise Déry


January 7 - February 12, 2011
Opening: Thursday, January 6, 5:30 p.m.


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The Galerie de l'UQAM will inaugurate the exhibition Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood from January 6, 2011. Recipient of the 2010 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award, Shary Boyle is considered one of the most fascinating artists of today’s Canadian art scene. The project, produced and circulated by the Galerie de l'UQAM, was first unveiled at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) in fall 2011. After the Galerie de l'UQAM, the exhibition will be on view at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver from June 17, 2011. The project is curated by Louise Déry.


Shary Boyle’s practice is multi-disciplinary: she draws, sculpts, paints and creates installations as well as audiovisual performances to explore the range of human psychological and emotional states through fantasy fictions. She does it from a position that is at once feminist, oneiric and poetic. Always charged with troubled emotions and expressive candour, her works refashion the archetypes of ancient myths, children’s literature and figurative convention to renew the potential of their meaning.

Poised between grace and strangeness, her portraits and genre scenes read like allegories of the human condition. Their resolutely symbolic and profoundly original language raise bold perspectives on the present. Shary Boyle reveals a conscience haunted by an ethical and human consideration of our world today. She exposes life, animality, heredity, sexuality and death, activating and transgressing these in an intense investigation of the complex links between individuals and species.

Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood is the first major solo exhibition of the artist ever shown in Canada. It includes over 30 works realized since 2006, most of them never exhibited before.


A 200-page bilingual publication accompanies the exhibition and brings together a varied corpus of works created since 2002. Text and images reveal the fantasy world of Shary Boyle. Richly illustrated, the catalogue includes an essay by the curator Louise Déry with additional texts of James Bewley and Michelle Jacques.


Born in 1972 and based in Toronto, Shary Boyle graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1994 and has since traveled, lived and performed throughout Canada, Europe and the US. Shary Boyle's work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions including at The Power Plant (Toronto, 2006) and at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, 2008). In 2009 her work was featured at the Fumetto Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and included in the exhibition The Likely Fate of the Man that Swallowed the Ghost of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Maison Rouge in Paris feature Boyle’s work in their 2010 and 2011 programs. Shary Boyle’s work is collected internationally, with pieces in the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Paisley Museum in Scotland. She received the Gershon-Iskowitz Prize at the AGO in 2009 and, the following year, a Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist. She is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.


Curator, author and teacher Louise Déry holds a Ph.D. in art history and has been the director of the Galerie de l'UQAM since 1997. She has worked with numerous artists, including Manon de Pauw, Dominique Blain, Raphaëlle de Groot, Nancy Spero, David Altmejd, Stéphane La Rue, Daniel Buren, Giuseppe Penone and Sarkis. She is interested in the relationship between body and language, the question of artistic engagement, the international dissemination of Quebec art and public art. She published two monographs on the artist David Altmejd and curated his exhibition at the 52nd Venice Biennale. First winner of the Hnatyshyn Award (2007) for her work as a curator, she is currently preparing a Michael Snow exhibition and a catalogue for Fresnoy, in France, which will open in February 2011.


Heritage Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2009_fiona_tan_riseandfall_p© Fiona Tan, Rise and Fall, 2009, two-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artist, of Frith Street Gallery, London and Peter Freeman Inc., New York.

Fiona Tan. Rise and Fall

Curator : Bruce Grenville


February 24 to April 2, 2011
Opening : Thursday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.


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The Galerie de l'UQAM will inaugurate an exhibition of recent creations by Dutch artist Fiona Tan, whose work dazzled visitors to the Dutch Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall features a selection of video installations that reveals several themes used by the artist to question the cultural identity. Fiona Tan is a major figure in the international art scene. The project, co-organised by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus (Switzerland), is curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The exhibition

Fiona Tan’s film and video practice explores notions of individual and collective identity in a world increasingly shaped by global culture and the histories and journeys that form it. Deeply embedded in all of Tan’s work is her fascination with the mutability of identity, the deceptive nature of representation and the play of memory across time and space. Together these comprise the connective threads of this exhibition. Again and again she shows us that, like the waters that figure so prominently in her videos, past and present are not static entities. They remain in constant and meaningful contact with one another, always in a state of flux.

The catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page full-colour publication featuring the artist’s work and major essays by exhibition curator, Bruce Grenville; Okwui Enwezor, curently adjunct curator at International Center of Photography, New York and the forthcoming director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich; Michael Newman, associate professor of art history, theory and criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago; Irit Rogoff, professor of visual culture at Goldsmiths College at London University and Madeleine Schuppli, director of the Aargauer Kunstaus.

The artist

Born in Indonesia in 1966, Fiona Tan grew up in Australia. She received her formal art training in Amsterdam and has been living in the Netherlands since the late 1980s. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in international venues, including the Dutch Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2008; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, 2005; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2004; Tate Modern, London, 2004; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2002; Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, 2003; Documenta 11, Kassel, 2002; and the 49th Venice Biennale, 2002.

The curator

Bruce Grenville is Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He has organized many group exhibitions, including Home and Away: Crossing Cultures on the Pacific Rim and The Post-Colonial Landscape Project and numerous solo exhibitions and projects for artists including those on Michael Lin, Stan Douglas, Janet Cardiff, Franz West and Wang Du. He was the founding editor of the YYZ Books: Critical Works series and a former Toronto editor of Parachute magazine.

Free public activity

Nuit blanche: On February 26, the Galerie will be open from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. for the benefit of night owls celebrating La Nuit blanche.


Canadian Heritage
Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam
Canada Council for the Arts

2011_pad_gPassage à découvert 2011. Photo : David Jacques

Passage à découvert 2011

Graduating students of the undergraduate program in visual and media arts, UQAM

April 15 to 23, 2011
Opening: Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm

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Passage à découvert is an opportunity to discover the works of tomorrow’s contemporary artists and teachers who will take their place in museums, galleries and schools. The exhibition illustrates the students’ creative vitality, curiosity and freedom and bears witness, once again, to the professionalism of recent graduates and the excitement that their projects provoke. Presented each year, this exhibition also reveals the wealth and diversity of the programs offered by the École des arts visuels et médiatiques, which favours multidisciplinary education.

2011_conte_crepusculaire_pConte crépusculaire, 2011, poster by Uniform 



Conte crépusculaire
David Altmedj and Pierre Lapointe

Shows: May 4 to 7, 2011
Exhibition: May 11 to June 11, 2011

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« Dans un futur lointain, un roi doit laisser sa place à son fils et accéder à un autre niveau de conscience en atteignant la mort. Pour perpétuer la tradition, explique Pierre Lapointe, ce roi entreprend donc une grande tournée d’adieux. À son retour dans son royaume, exténué par toute cette route, endeuillé prématurément par l’arrivée de sa propre mort, il est prêt à vivre la cérémonie de passage ».

Les univers de création de Pierre Lapointe et de David Altmejd s’entrecroisent dans ce conte visuel et lyrique qu’ils ont initié par désir d’une scène commune, pour y installer leurs héros imaginaires. Les deux complices, auxquels se joignent notamment le compositeur Yannik Plamondon, le Quatuor Molinari et l’artiste visuel Pascal Grandmaison, inventent un lieu intemporel offert au destin crépusculaire d’un monarque entraîné dans une spirale fatale.

Création multidisciplinaire, Conte crépusculaire est en quelque sorte un « tableau vivant ». En effet, ce mariage de la scène musicale et visuelle permettra au public de vivre une expérience différente : ils assisteront à la création en direct d’une partie du conte. « Tout au long de la mise en scène, les spectateurs assisteront à la création d’éléments de la pièce, précise David Altmejd. Chaque représentation sera donc unique ».

Quand l'art visuel rencontre la musique

Les deux artistes ont fait connaissance à la Galerie de l’UQAM en 2006. Ils se sont revus à quelques occasions, notamment lors du vernissage de l’exposition que David Altmejd a présentée à la Galerie de l’UQAM en 2007 et également à l’inauguration du Pavillon du Canada à la Biennale de Venise peu après. La commissaire de ces deux expositions, Louise Déry, a pu constater combien le travail de Lapointe et d’Altmejd entrait en résonnance et elle a acquiescé à leur désir de collaboration au sein d’une création qui fusionnerait leurs démarches et qui serait présentée à la Galerie de l’UQAM en 2011.


En vente sur le réseau admission au coût de 25 $


4, 5, 6 et 7 mai 2011, 20 heures


Philippe Brault, musicien

Pascal Grandmaison, artiste visuel

Martin Labrecque, éclairage

Émilie Laforest, chanteuse

Yannick Plamondon, compositeur

Quatuor Molinari, musiciens


Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, Uniform, Jean-Marc Côté Imprimeur


2011_anne_marie_ouelette_p© Anne-Marie Ouellet, Faction, 2011

Anne-Marie Ouellet. Faction
Graduating master's student in visual and media arts, UQAM

May 11 to June 11, 2011

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Aménagée dans la salle 1 de la Galerie de l’UQAM, la base des opérations du projet FACTION est à la fois un lieu de rassemblement, de démonstration, de préparation, de documentation et d’échanges. À la manière d’une micro-organisation, FACTION, emprunte différentes notions à la sociologie, à la bureaucratie et à l’organisation régimentaire. Des participants-volontaires seront invités à se réunir à la base des opérations, revêtiront un uniforme, recevront des consignes et sortiront accomplir des actions dans l’espace urbain. Le projet questionne les normes d’usage qui régissent les comportements dans ces différents types d’espace par des actions de déplacement, d’infiltration et d’occupation.

À propos de l'artiste

Artiste multidisciplinaire, Anne-Marie Ouellet vit et travaille à Montréal. Son travail a été présenté lors d’événements et d’expositions individuelles et collectives au Québec, notamment au Musée régional de Rimouski (2005), à la Manif d’art 4 de Québec (2008) et dans plusieurs centres d’artistes. En 2007, elle participe à une résidence de création à Strasbourg (FRAC/Alsace, France) et est invitée par le centre d’artistes Oberwelt e. V. (Stuttgart, Allemagne) à réaliser une intervention dans la ville. Elle termine actuellement une maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques à l’UQAM sous la direction de David Tomas, professeur à l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’UQAM.



Le mardi 7 juin, à 12 h 30, se tiendra une discussion avec l’artiste et les participants du projet. Cette rencontre est ouverte à tous.

Roni_horn_06© Roni Horn, Some Thames 2000, digital colour print (detail), Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth 

Roni Horn. Some Thames

Guest curator: Anne-Marie Ninacs


September 6 to October 8, 2011
Opening:  Friday, September 8, at 6 p.m.


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The Galerie de l'UQAM presents, as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the work Some Thames by Roni Horn from September 6 to October 8, 2011. Lucidity. Inward Views is the theme proposed by Anne-Marie Ninacs for the 12th presentation of this international biennale of contemporary photography. The opening of Some Thames will take place Friday, September 9, at 6:00 pm, at the Galerie.

The exhibition

The body of work that Roni Horn has been meticulously building for more than 30 years encompasses drawing, photography, and sculpture. The artist calls into question the nature of perception and identity, of sameness and difference, through formal inventions of pairing and doubling. Experiential in nature, her works involve a subtle comparison of pairs of very similar images, creating situations in which viewers become aware, by the very movement of their body through space, of the fundamentally fleeting and contingent nature of everything. The metaphor of water in Some Thames (2000), which presents 80 views of the surface of the River Thames, and thus the change in appearance of a single body from moment to moment, is exemplary of this exploration.

The artist

Roni Horn is born in 1955 in New York. She lives and works in New York. Roni Horn’s art practice is divided among photography, drawing, and sculpture. She is principally interested in notions of presence and identity, which she conveys by engaging viewers in physical shifts and subtle comparisons. Her works have been presented at and collected by important institutions throughout the world. In 2009–10, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, a major retrospective exhibition, was organized jointly and presented by the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, then by the Lambert Collection in Avignon and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Horn is represented by Hauser & Wirth.


Canada Council for the Arts

edith_brunette_01© Edith Brunette, Caméraroman, 2010, image numérique 

Edith Brunette. Caméraroman

Graduating master's student in visual and media arts, UQAM

September 6 to October 8, 2011
Opening: Friday, September 9, 6 p.m.

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Captant tous nos faits et gestes, les caméras de surveillance sont dorénavant monnaie courante dans les différents lieux publics que nous fréquentons quotidiennement. C’est cette intrusion et l’absence de loi qui l’accompagne que l’artiste Edith Brunette a choisi de questionner dans son exposition Caméraroman. Présentée à la Galerie de l'UQAM du 6 septembre au 8 octobre, l’exposition de cette finissante à la maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques dévoilera la comédie romantique sous un tout autre angle...


Caméraroman est née de l’intérêt de l’artiste pour les questions du contrôle des espaces publics et de l’information et fait le pari de documenter une série de performances en s’appuyant sur les images des caméras de surveillance. L’artiste a demandé à des non-acteurs de reproduire, dans divers espaces publics, des scènes de films qui, mises bout à bout, reproduisent le schéma type de n’importe quelle comédie romantique. Une structure idéale qui, pour caricaturale qu’elle soit, finit par imprégner nos attentes face à ce que devrait être notre propre vie amoureuse. Tout en cherchant à s’insérer le plus discrètement possible dans les lieux où elles se produisent, les scènes rejouées se heurtent alors aux imperfections du quotidien et au jeu maladroit des acteurs, provoquant des doutes chez leur public éventuel.




2011_pbernatchez_g© Patrick Bernatchez, 180°, video, 2011



Patrick Bernatchez. Lost in Time

Curator: Mélanie Boucher


October 21 to December 3, 2011
Opening: Thursday, October 20, 5:30 pm
in the presence of the artist and the curator


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Galerie de l'UQAM presents Lost in Time, the first survey exhibition of the art of Patrick Bernatchez. Opening on October 21, the exhibition is curated by Mélanie Boucher. It features never-before-seen video and musical works, as well asfascinating objects designed by the artist, such as the central piece of theproject Lost in Time – a wristwatch thattakes a thousand years to complete a full rotation. The vernissage will takeplace at the Galerie on Thursday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m., with the curatorand the artist in attendance.

The Exhibition

Patrick Bernatchez has undertaken two major projects so far: Chrysalides, begun in 2006, and Lost in Time, begun in 2009. The works from Lost in Time, which make upmost of the show, depict beings and things that appear to come from universes parallel to our own, while the processes used to create them speak of transformation. The exhibition revolves around the central notion of duration, of time. Time that is linear, cyclical, reinvented, immaterial, and yet sensed in body and soul. References to individual, social, animal, plant and cosmic life cycles abound, urging us to confront the ultimate certainty of death. The gap between the time of a short human life, paced by hours, days and seasons, and the illusory eternity of everlasting nature, is beyond comprehension.

Assembling somefifteen works of different genres for the first time, the exhibition includes sculptures, etching mirrors, films, musical creations and photographs. The combination of so‑called conceptual works with others that solicit the senses creates enlightening dialogues and serves to reflect the broad scope of Patrick Bernatchez's artistic expression.

A lavishly illustrated catalogue with essays by the curator, Mélanie Boucher, Bernard Schütze, art critic and curator, and Michel Marie, cinema historian, is inpreparation for release in February 2012. The graphic design is by 1F.ca.

The Artist

Patrick Bernatchez was bornin 1972, in Montreal, where he lives and works. Over the past ten years, his pictorial practice based mainly on drawing and painting has expanded to include video and other mediums. He has exhibited solo at venues including Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany (2010), Galerie Bertrand Grimont, France (2009), West, Netherlands (2009), Artists Space, U.S. (2009), Centre des arts actuels Skol (2008), Galerie B-312 (2004) and Centre d'art et de diffusion Clark (2002). Hiswork has also been shown in numerous group shows, events and festivals, notably at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2008, 2010), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2010), Carriageworks, Sydney (2010), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, New Cinema and Contemporary Art (2008,2009) and the Pančevo Biennale of Visual Arts (in collaboration with Gennaro DePasquale, 2004).


Video: BW (the wristwatch):http://vimeo.com/12087047

The Curator

Mélanie Boucher holds a Ph.D. in art history from UQAM and has worked as a curator for ten years. Her many credits include the first Quebec showing of work by the Guerrilla Girls, produced in 2009 by Galerie de l'UQAM, and the exhibition Intrus/Intruders, shown in 2008-2009 at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in which Patrick Bernatchez participated. She is also the curator of a survey exhibition on thework of Claudie Gagnon, presented at Musée d'art de Joliette (2009) and at Expression, centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe (2007). In 2003, sheco-curated the first edition of ORANGE: Contemporary Art Event ofSaint-Hyacinthe. Mélanie Boucher has edited several publications and contributed articles to art journals and magazines. In 2005, she was awarded the Prix Relève de la Société des musées québécois.

2011_parametres_gVue de l'exposition Paramètres 2011

Paramètres 2011

Étudiantes et étudiants au baccalauréat en arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM


9 au 17 décembre 2011


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L'École des arts visuels et médiatiques (ÉAVM) de l'UQAM présente, à la Galerie de l'UQAM, l'exposition annuelle Paramètres 2011 dans laquelle seront présentées les œuvres d'étudiants sélectionnées par un jury composé d'artistes-professeurs de l'ÉAVM. L'exposition se déroulera du 9 au 17 décembre 2011 et sera l'occasion idéale de découvrir les talents émergents en arts visuels et médiatiques.

Cette exposition souligne l'effervescence et la vivacité des approches créatrices des étudiants, ainsi que le professionnalisme auquel ils aspirent. L'École des arts visuels et médiatiques privilégie une formation pluridisciplinaire et Paramètres 2011 permet de témoigner de la richesse et de la diversité de ses programmes, ainsi que de la qualité des travaux réalisés par ses étudiants.

L'ÉAVM rappelle que plusieurs artistes reconnus aujourd'hui ont été lauréats de bourses attribuées lors de cet événement – Josée Pellerin (Bourse McAbbie,1990), Nathalie Grimard, Christian Barré (Bourse McAbbie,1992), Martin Bourdeau (Bourse Pavillon des arts, 1992), Stéphane La Rue (Prix Jacques-de-Tonnancour, 1993) –, ce qui confirme que cette exposition constitue certainement une rampe de lancement pour de futurs artistes de la relève.

Bourses remises

Grâce à leur appui indéfectible aux jeunes créateurs, les Bourses d'excellence de la Fondation McAbbie, la Bourse Autodesk et le Prix d'excellence Omer De Serres seront remis à l'occasion du vernissage, en présence de Louise Poissant, doyenne de la Faculté des arts, et d'Alexandre Castonguay, directeur du programme de 1er cycle en arts visuels et médiatiques.

Canada Council for the Arts Canada Council for the Arts


Université du Québec à Montréal
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