Michel Goulet, Positions perplexes (detail), 2004, steel, acrylic, various objects, 265 x 265 x 52 cm. Collection d’œuvres d’art de l’UQAM (2007.1.1-185)


20 August 2020

The 2020-2021 season at Galerie de l’UQAM will be dedicated to dialogue between happenings past and present, between artworks, archives, and artefacts, and between various communities and segments of society.
As of September, the public will be invited to discover the work of Rémi Belliveau, graduating Master’s student in visual and media arts, who will present an experimental performance exploring the history of rock and roll in New Brunswick Acadian culture. The gallery will also bring together works from its permanent collection under the title Mending. Among Galerie de l’UQAM’s new initiatives is Paroles d’image, which will occupy the street-level display windows of the university’s Judith Jasmin Pavilion. This first iteration by visual artists Céline Huyghebaert and Sophie Jodoin, at the intersection of images and language, will be entitled Que savez-vous de moi?
As for our virtual projects, Respiration, the first installment of QUADrature curated by Diane Gistal, will be launched on September 10. The series, in the spirit of Beckett, will activate innovative curatorial approaches involving Québec artists and pre-existing artworks that are transformed or tailored for virtual viewing. The three following segments will be curated by Ariane De Blois, Bénédicte Ramade and the Musée d’art actuel / Département des invisibles.
Following winter break, the gallery will host a major solo exhibition by Enrique Ramírez, co-presented by the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles (France) and the Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing), curated by Marta Gili. Presenting his first solo exhibition in Canada, the Chilean artist is known for his sensitive treatment of biopolitical themes both historical and current, such as the Pinochet dictatorship and the politics of migration, interpreted through the prismatic motif of the sea.
In March, a major collaborative exhibition entitled The Zerynthia Project undertaken in collaboration with Zerynthia (Rome, Italy) will follow. The exhibition will open a dialogue between items from their collection and Montréal and Canada’s contemporary artistic landscape. The highly anticipated exhibition Françoise Sullivan. Works from Italy will be on display simultaneously. After opening at the Macina di San Cresci (Greve in Chianti, Italy) last fall, the artworks and documentary material from this major artist’s Italian period will be on display at Galerie de l’UQAM come spring.
In addition to these exhibition activities is Passage à découvert, our annual group show dedicated to graduates of the BFA in visual and media arts. Afterward, the works shown in the context of QUADrature, initially in a virtual mode, will be reunited in the gallery space at the end of the project. Annie France Leclerc will simultaneously present, as part of her MFA, documentation and artworks produced over the course of her many ventures through a Montréal city park, the Boisé de Saint Sulpice in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.
Among the year’s other activities, the colossal online exhibition Canadian Art as Historical Act; and the active loan of the touring exhibition Emmanuelle Léonard. Deployment, at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) are worth noting. We are equally pleased to announce the launch of a new catalogue for this last exhibition on the occasion of our fall opening event.