2018_Hupfield_gExhibition view, Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving, The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving

Curator: Carolin Köchling

January 11 - March 3, 2018
Opening and performance: Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.

Exhibition organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto)

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Galerie de l’UQAM opens 2018 with the highly anticipated exhibition Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving, on a Canadian tour since its presentation at The Power Plant (Toronto) in the winter of 2017. Curated by Carolin Köchling, the exhibition includes a selection of objects and videos derived from the performative practice of the artist from the Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, now established in Brooklyn. Maria Hupfield's work deploys delicate questions about objects and the memories, gestures or relationships they evoke.

Maria Hupfield will present a performance with Electric Djinn and ODAYA during the opening. This evening will also be the occasion to launch the catalog of the exhibition, hot off the press. In addition, the Espace magazine staff will be present to launch its new issue articulated around the theme of Wounds.

The exhibition

Objects contain meanings beyond their materiality, meanings that we bring to them or receive from them. Objects are the result of an action, entail traces of human gestures and evoke reactions or memories. They have the potential to be read collectively or personally. Maria Hupfield’s artistic practice reveals the way objects can trigger relationships between humans or environments.

For her exhibition The One Who Keeps On Giving, Hupfield developed a video installation centred on an object: an oil painting of a seascape by her late mother Peggy Miller. The artist invited her siblings to participate in a performance rooted in memories evoked by the painting that initially took place in Parry Sound, Ontario – the setting depicted on the canvas. To ground the filmed performance and to accompany the painting in the exhibition context, Hupfield and her siblings re-enacted the performance in the gallery space at The Power Plant in Toronto, the setting for the second film.

Alongside this newly commissioned work, the exhibition includes a selection of objects that have been regularly activated during Hupfield’s performances in recent years: a canoe, a snowsuit, a snowmobile helmet, mitts and boots, a cassette recorder with headphones, a light bulb and seven items solicited from other artists. All of these objects are replicated in felt, a material which equalizes the objects beyond their specific functions.

The One Who Keeps On Giving is an English translation of Maria Hupfield’s mother’s Anishinaabe name.

The artist

Maria Hupfield (born 1975 in Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Ontario) is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, 2015), Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (Montréal, 2015) and Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon, 2011). She has participated in group exhibitions and performances at Trestle Projects Brooklyn (2016), SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2016), A Space Gallery (Toronto, 2015), Campo dei Gesuiti (Venice, 2015), Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, 2015), The Bronx Museum (New York, 2015), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, 2015), Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (Saint Jérôme, 2015), North Native Museum (Zurich, 2014), SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montréal, 2013), and Vancouver Art Gallery (2012). Hupfield is the founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, a project from Native Child and Family Services of Toronto; co-owner of Native Art Department International; and was Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Material Practice appointed to the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design (2007-11).
mariahupfield.wordpress.com

The curator

Carolin Köchling studied History of Art and Literature in Rome and Berlin. Since 2016 she has been Curator of Exhibitions at The Power Plant in Toronto. As a curator she conceived Claudia Andujar’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Europe for the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt (2017). During her time at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2012–14), Köchling curated an exhibition on Brazilian street art, a solo presentation of Helene Schjerfbeck, and co-organized the cinema program with artists such as James Richards, Keren Cytter and Mohamed Bourouissa. Prior to that, she was involved in the expansion of the Städel Museum Frankfurt’s contemporary art collection, and its initial presentation in the new museum wing (2010–12). From 2012 to 2015, Köchling regularly lectured at Goethe-University Frankfurt.

The catalogue

Launched during the opening at Galerie de l’UQAM, the book Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving includes extensive exhibition views, essays by Crystal Migwans and Richard William Hill as well as a conversation between Maria Hupfield and the artist Andrea Geyer.

Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving
Editor: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
2017, 128 p., bilingual (English and French)
$30

Espace #118 (Winter 2018) – Wounds

Can we heal our wounds? And to do so, must we relegate them to oblivion or consign them to a form of liberating reconciliation? In the field of aesthetic representation, how can an artistic gesture bring relief to the spirit? The texts of this issue, launched during the opening of Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving, elaborate various perspectives on these questions.
espaceartactuel.com

Public activities

Performance
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
6 p.m.
With Maria Hupfield, Electric Djinn and ODAYA

During opening night, Maria Hupfield will be performing a continuous piece, activating the objects showcased in the exhibition, in collaboration with artists Electric Djinn and ODAYA.

Electric Djinn is a band and performance art project created by multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Berklich, also known as Neptune Sweet. The artist focuses on electronic compositions using sampled sounds, soft synths, drum machines and processed vocals. Collaborating with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers, Electric Djinn has performed in galleries and art spaces primarily in New York and the Philippines.
electricdjinn.com

ODAYA is an Indigenous women's collective formed in 2007. Mostly known as a traditional Indigenous women's drum and song group, its members are also recognized for their solidarity work focusing on Indigenous feminist community-building initiatives. Active on the arts scene and at street marches in Montréal, ODAYA consists of four women of mixed Indigenous heritage: Émilie Monnet (Anishinabe, French), Dayna Danger (Métis, Ojibway, Polish), Nahka Bertrand (Dene, Québecoise), and Anik Sioui (Wendat, Anishinabe, and Franco-Canadienne).
ODAYA – Facebook Page

Nuit blanche à Montréal
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

At Galerie de l’UQAM: extended opening hours to see the exhibitions Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving and Michelle Bui. Pool of Plenty

At the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion: performances by the Buffalo Hat Singers and other guests

Enjoy the Nuit blanche by visiting the exhibitions of Maria Hupfield and Michelle Bui at the Galerie de l’UQAM. For this special occasion, the drums of the Buffalo Hat Singers will resound in the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion. You are invited to join and discover several artists who draw from the traditions of indigenous culture.

Guided tours of the exhibition for groups
Available anytime.
Reservations required with Philippe Dumaine
514 987-3000, ext 3280, or dumaine_allard.philippe@uqam.ca

The educational booklet

An educational booklet is offered to the public free of charge as a guide to the exhibition.
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Support provided by

The exhibition is a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto) in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Galerie de l’UQAM (Montréal), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax) and Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris). It was sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by Julia & Robert Foster.

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2018_Bui_gMichelle Bui, Happy Like Doris Day (with garlic), 2017, inkjet print on adhesive polypropylene, 244 x 152 cm.

Michelle Bui. Pool of Plenty

Graduating master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

January 11 – March 3, 2018
Opening: Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.

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Galerie de l’UQAM presents the exhibition Pool of Plenty by Michelle Bui, graduating master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA) at UQAM. In this solo show, the artist engages with a rediscovery of objects, materials, food items and plants that make our environment. Through a process of selection, assembly, and photographic documentation, Bui reveals the aesthetic qualities of these objects, their fragility and malleability. The result is a reflection on where material culture, advertising, desire and identity intersect.

The Espace magazine staff will be present during the exhibition’s opening to launch its new issue articulated around the theme of Wounds.

The exhibition

Michelle Bui is interested in the tenuous, sometimes fraught, and always symbiotic relationship between culture and commerce. While always apparent in the way we visually experience the world, this relationship most fully inheres in our connection to material culture. The accumulation of items consumed by both society and the individual transmit a tremendous amount of data about our identity. For Bui, our sense of self, our identity-consciousness, is communicated equally by the objects that surround us as by language-based discourses that otherwise might define us. The aesthetic, expressive, and symbolic qualities, as well as the materiality of the objects selected, allow the artist to explore personal themes therein. The various objects that Bui acquires – and sometimes creates – are subjected to presentation and ownership in ways that allow for their construction and arrangement to elicit tensions and overlaps that undermine the status of the object as commodity.

Pool of Plenty is an exhibition that brings together photographic work with which the gallery walls will be plastered. Bui transcends the decorative and ornamental language of advertising in a détournement that makes use of touch and smell to surpass mere visual spectacle. To do so, Bui rearranges objects selected for both their visual and tactile qualities in a presentation of photographic and sculptural elements that seduce the viewer, leading us into a subtle and uncanny sense of displacement. The shift in perception she achieves conveys the artist’s intention to make desire itself material, to bring it into being by and with these objects, to viscerally seduce us and to confront the viewer with surface reality.

The artist

Montréal-born artist Michelle Bui earned her undergraduate degree in painting and drawing at Concordia University before continuing on to do her MFA in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2017, she furthered her exploration of the materiality of photographs at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris and represented emerging Canadian photographers at the Jeux de la francophonie in Abidjan. She was awarded the François-Xavier Marange grant for printing arts, and is next year’s artist in residence at Atelier Circulaire. The residency will be an opportunity for Bui to develop works at the intersection of sculpture and photography, of which a selection of pieces was included in the Projet Pangée exhibition Rêverie earlier in 2017. Additional works resulting from this exploration will be included in the group exhibition Appareillage at Québec City’s VU PHOTO in February 2018.
michellebui.com

Espace #118 (Winter 2018) – Wounds

Can we heal our wounds? And to do so, must we relegate them to oblivion or consign them to a form of liberating reconciliation? In the field of aesthetic representation, how can an artistic gesture bring relief to the spirit? The texts of this issue, launched during the opening of Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving, elaborate various perspectives on these questions.
espaceartactuel.com

Public activities

In Conversation with Michelle Bui
Part of the L’art observe event series
Facilitated by Philippe Dumaine
February 13, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
Galerie de l’UQAM
In French
Free admission

Nuit blanche à Montréal
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

At Galerie de l’UQAM: extended opening hours to see the exhibitions Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving and Michelle Bui. Pool of Plenty

At the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion: performances by the Buffalo Hat Singers and other guests

Enjoy the Nuit blanche by visiting the exhibitions of Maria Hupfield and Michelle Bui at the Galerie de l’UQAM. For this special occasion, the drums of the Buffalo Hat Singers will resound in the Agora of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion. You are invited to join and discover several artists who draw from the traditions of indigenous culture.

Guided tours of the exhibition for groups
Available anytime.
Reservations required with Philippe Dumaine
514 987-3000, ext 3280, or dumaine_allard.philippe@uqam.ca

Partners

The artist wishes to express special thanks to Atelier Circulaire for their financial support as well as for the technical assistance which have made this exhibition possible.

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