2018_Passage_gExhibition view, Passage à découvert 2017, Galerie de l’UQAM, 2017

Passage à découvert 2018

Graduating students in visual and media arts (BFA), UQAM

April 27 - May 5, 2018
Opening: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m

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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 to recent graduates’ professionalism and the excitement that their projects stir up. 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 a multidisciplinary education.


RADAR 2018

Curators: Doriane Biot, Véronique Hudon, Camille Richard
Coordinator: Philippe Dumaine

May 16 – June 16, 2018
Opening: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m

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Galerie de l’UQAM is launching RADAR, a new initiative whereby four students from UQAM's graduate programs in Art History, Museology and Visual Arts will contribute to defining, developing and organising an exhibition. Each year, RADAR intends to structure a set of works, including some from the Collection d’oeuvres d’art de l’UQAM, around a specific issue. This year, as August marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Refus global, Galerie de l’UQAM plans to explore our current society and the engagement of its artists. This inaugural edition of RADAR will present works that reveal the blue fears, red fears and white fears alluded to by Paul-Émile Borduas in the Refus global manifesto. In today’s world, we have every reason to experience emotional turmoil similar to that of Borduas and his colleagues in 1948. It seems more and more impossible to avoid this sensation of nausea. 70 years after the Refus global, it seems necessary to raise this topic. RADAR 2018 will explore contemporary "nauseas" and how current artists are confronting them.

2018_Laferte-Coutu_gAlexia Laferté-Coutu, Monument National (left), 2017, cast glass, 36.8 x 22.9 x 5.8 cm and Sans titre (right), 2017, cast glass, graphite, blue oxide, 34.3 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm

Alexia Laferté-Coutu. Variations sur une ombre plusieurs fois centenaire

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

May 16 – June 16, 2018
Opening: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m

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Through the gesture of soft clay pressing against the exterior surface of historic buildings, Alexia Laferté-Coutu seeks to generate an active relationship to sculpture. She associates this sculptural gesture with the process of cataplasm, an ancient therapy that consisted in temporarily applying a thick paste (clay, plants) onto part of the body in order to absorb toxins. In architectural conservation, this same process is used to clean architectural segments that have been buried under an accumulation of lead dust or pollutants. The application of a paste based on clay and active agents derived from red algae absorbs impurities adhering to the surface of the architecture, thus revealing ancient frescoes, engravings, carved friezes or facades of particular cultural value. In this installation, glass cataplasms crystallized through molding free themselves from their status as objects by suggesting unidentifiable forms and their ever absent positive.

Canada Council for the Arts Canada Council for the Arts


Université du Québec à Montréal
1400, Rue Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120
Montréal, Québec
Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
Free admission