Exhibition presented at Galerie de l’UQAM and Cinémathèque québécoise, organized and circulated by Jeu de Paume, Paris

Curator: Georges Didi-Huberman

Artists: Anonyme, Anonyme (Membre Du Sonderkommando D’auschwitz-Birkenau), Anonymes, Paul Abreu, Dennis Adams, Magdeleine Arbour, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Art & Language, Antonin Artaud, Ever Astudillo Delgado, Hugo Aveta, Ismaïl Bahri, Marcel Barbeau, Artur Barrio, Georges Bataille, Taysir Batniji, Charles Baudelaire, Rebecca Belmore, Francisca Benitez, Ruth Berlau, Dominique Blain, Paul-Émile Borduas, Bruno Boudjelal, Désiré-Magloire Bourneville, Shary Boyle, André Breton, Marcel Broodthaers, Maurice Bulbulian, Gilles Caron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Augustín Victor Casasola, Cornélius Castoriadis, Claude Cattelain, Agustí Centelles, Alain Chagnon, Champfleury, Chieh-Jen Chen, Pascal Convert, Bruno Cormier, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Armand Dayot, Guy Debord, Marcel Duchamp, Carl Einstein, Élie Faure, Marcelle Ferron-Hamelin , Michel Foucault, Leonard Freed, Gisèle Freund, Michel Gauthier, Marcel Gautherot, Claude Gauvreau, Pierre Gauvreau, Agnès Geoffray, Jochen Gerz, Eduardo Gil, Stéphane Gilot, Jack Goldstein, Muriel Guilbault, Raymond Hains, Ken Hamblin, Raoul Hausmann, Arpad Hazafi, Bernard Heidsieck, Alleg Henri, Jerónimo Hernández, William Hogarth, Alvaro Hoppe, Victor Hugo, Richard Ibghy, Mat Jacob, Mario Jean, Asger Jorn, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Tsubasa Kato, Dmitri Kessel, Herbert Kirchhoff, Alberto Korda, Eustachy Kossakowski, Maria Kourkouta, Germaine Krull, Hiroji Kubota, Suzy Lake, Michèle Lalonde, Fernand Leduc, Thérèse Leduc, Marilou Lemmens, Jérôme Lindon, Héctor López, Germán Marin, Eduardo Menz, Jasmina Metwaly, Henri Michaux, Tina Modotti, Ernesto Molina, Robert Morris, Pedro Motta, Jean-Luc Moulène, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Jacques Nadeau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Voula Papaioannou, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza, Maurice Perron, Jean-Marc Piotte, Édouard Plante-Fréchette, Enrique Ramírez, Jacques Rancière, Man Ray, Louise Renaud, Réseau Buckmaster, Hans Richter, Françoise Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle, Willy Römer, Pedro G. Romero, Willy Ronis, Jesús Ruiz Durand, Blaire Russell, Graciela Sacco, Armando Salgado, Álvaro Sarmiento, Allan Sekula, David Seymour, Mina Shum, Peter Sibbald, Roman Signer, Lorna Simpson, Michael Snow, Philippe Soupault, Françoise Sullivan, Gabor Szilasi, Paul-Henri Talbot, Charles Toubin, Fina Torres, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Félix Vallotton, Andrew Vaughan, Jean Veber, Wolf Vostell, Joyce Wieland, Malcolme Wilde Browne, Gil Joseph Wolman

September 7, 2018 - November 24, 2018

Opening: September 6, 2018, 5:30 pm

Uprisings is a cross-disciplinary exhibition on the theme of collective emotions and also political events where they involve crowds of people in revolt. It will be about social disorder, political agitation, uprisings, rebellions, revolts, revolutions, racket and riots – disturbances of all kinds. In order to anchor the project in the Canadian historical and political context, the Montréal version of the exhibition will be enhanced with archives, press photos and contemporary works by Quebec and Canadian artists.

Uprisings interrogates the notion of the representation of the peoples in both the aesthetic and the political senses of the word “representation”. The exhibition is based on theoretical and historiographical work carried out by Georges Didi-Huberman over a number of years, notably in a series of books entitled L’œil de l’histoire [The Eye of History], the later volumes of which deal with the question of “peoples on display”, and with emotion – given that emotion needs to be included in a work of political anthropology. The notion of uprising will be dealt with through various media: writers’ manuscripts, paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs, and films.

Canadian content

The version of the exhibition Uprisings presented in Montreal will be enhanced by Quebec and Canadian content to anchor the project in the historical and political North American context that is ours. In addition to the touring works, about fifteen documentary photographs, more than fifteen contemporary works and various archival documents speaking directly to or evoking various uprisings that have shaken our society (Sir George Williams University case, 2012 student strike, Idle No More, abortion rights, Africville, Corridart, etc.) From the desire for emancipation of French-speaking people from Québec to indigenous struggles to feminist and anti-racist claims, the added content, without pretending to be exhaustive, intends to suggest the plurality of struggles that animate us.

Canadian artists integrated to Uprisings
Rebecca Belmore, Dominique Blain, Paul-Émile Borduas, Shary Boyle, Alain Chagnon, Bruno Cormier, Edouard Plante-Fréchette, Mario Jean, Stéphane Gilot, Muriel Guilbault,  Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Igbhy, Eduardo Menz, Jacques Nadeau,  Jean-Marc Piotte, Blaire Russell, Peter Sibbald, Michael Snow, Françoise Sullivan, Mina Shum, Gabor Szilasi, Paul-Henri Talbot, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Pierre Vallières, Andrew Vaughan, Joyce Wieland, anonymous, various archives from the Médiathèque littéraire Gaëtan-Dostie

Working team
The presentation of Uprisings in Montréal is realized by Galerie de l’UQAM in collaboration with Cinémathèque québécoise. A working committee, chaired by Louise Déry (Director of Galerie de l’UQAM), brought together the following people: Guillaume Lafleur (Cinémathèque québécoise), Marie Fraser (Département d’histoire de l’art, UQAM), Gisèle Trudel (École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM), Véronique Leduc (Département de communication sociale et publique, UQAM) and Anne Philippon, Philippe Dumaine and Ariane de Blois (Galerie de l’UQAM).

The integration of Canadian content was carried out by Louise Déry, Guillaume Lafleur, Ariane de Blois and Katrie Chagnon (for the conference), with the complicity of Georges Didi-Huberman. Anne Philippon and Philippe Dumaine coordinated the implementation. The technical staff of Galerie de l’UQAM and Cinémathèque québécoise, under the direction of Louis-Philippe Côté, Johane Lévesque, Philippe Chevrette and Claudine Viens, contributed to the scenography.


In the context of Uprisings, Galerie de l’UQAM will set up various accessibility services for our exhibitions and activities for deaf and hard of hearing people. These services are aimed at better integrating these communities into the public activities of Galerie de l’UQAM and developing specific opportunities that meet their needs. Furthermore, the exhibition halls of Galerie de l’UQAM and Cinémathèque québécoise are wheelchair accessible.

LSQ video clips
Video clips presenting the main texts of the exhibition in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) will be shot. They are available online (see links below) and in the exhibition halls using digital tablets.

Guided tours
An interpreter in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) or American Sign Language (ASL) can be made available to groups wishing to visit the Uprisings exhibition with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please contact our staff as soon as possible, given the time required to book interpreters.

Simultaneous LSQ interpreting at events
During the following events, interpreters will be present to translate the presentations and exchanges to Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Conference Soulèvements : entre mémoires et désirs
Friday, September 7, 2018, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Symposium Des voix qui s’élèvent
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

About the curator

Born in 1953, Georges Didi-Huberman is a philosopher and art historian. A lecturer since 1990, he currently teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. In 2015, the Theodore W. Adorno Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the fields of philosophy, music, theater and film, was awarded to him. Starting 1982, Georges Didi-Huberman has authored fifty books and essays mixing philosophy and art history, such as L’Œil de l’histoire, composed of 6 volumes published between 2009 and 2016. Since the exhibitions Atlas. Comment porter le monde sur son dos?, successively presented in Madrid, Karlsruhe and Hamburg in 2011, and L’empreinte, organized at Centre Georges-Pompidou in 1997, Georges Didi-Huberman has been the co-curator, with Arno Gisinger, of the exhibition Nouvelles histoires de fantômes at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2014.


The exhibition Uprisings is organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris, and realized by Galerie de l’UQAM in collaboration with Cinémathèque québécoise for the presentation in Montréal, and with the participation of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, MUNTREF – Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, SESC São Paulo, MUAC – Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo – UNAM, Mexico City.

Support provided by

Uprisings is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.


Publication liée

Video tour

Presentation by Georges Didi-Huberman

Uprisings Symposium: part 1/2

Uprisings Symposium: part 2/2

Invitation to the exhibition in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Section I - With Elements (Unleashed) in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Section II - With Gestures (Intense) in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Section III - With Words (Exclaimed) in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Section IV - With Conflicts (Flared Up) in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)

Section V - With Desires (Indestructible) in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)