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From May 3 to June 1, the public is invited to view the exhibits and take part in the many activities organized under the theme of Resistance – And Then, We Built New Forms. The Quebec City biennial gathers over 120 artists whose works are displayed at 35 venues in Quebec City, Lévis and Wendake. To make sure biennial participants get the whole experience of this event, four walking tours of the exhibit venues have been laid out. The extensive event program comprises nearly 50 activities, such as special events, workshops, meetings with the artists and guided tours.
The guidelines for Manif d’art 7 were defined by Curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon and focus on the theme of resistance. This biennial underscores the critical role played by the visual and media arts in the documentation of conflicts and manifestations of resistance. The Curator develops the theme by addressing the many tactics and strategies on which are based current radical practices. The political role of art, film, video and performance in association with resistance is examined and discussed.
For the first time at a Manif d’art biennial, the theoretical piece produced following a reflection on the theme was unveiled at the Manif d’art 7 Benefit Premiere Event on Friday, May 2, 2014. The catalogue for Resistance – And Then, We Built New Formscomprises all of the theoretical texts on resistance and a colour portfolio of the 36 artists chosen by the Curator.
Artists selected by the Curator
Abbas Akhavan (Toronto, Canada); Gisele Amantea (Calgary, Canada); Mathieu Beauséjour (Montreal, Canada); Rebecca Belmore (Winnipeg, Canada); Ron Benner (London, Canada); Dominique Blain (Montreal, Canada); Mark Boulos (Amsterdam, Netherlands / Geneva, Switzerland); Martin Bureau (Quebec City, Canada); Jarod Charzewski (Charleston, United States); Geneviève Chevalier (Eastman, Canada); Chto Delat? (St. Petersburg, Russia); Claire Fontaine (Paris, France); Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge (Toronto, Canada); Marc-Antoine Côté (Quebec City, Canada); Jean-Robert Drouillard (Quebec City, Canada); Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière (Montreal, Canada); Les Fermière Obsédées (Quebec City / Montreal, Canada); Regina José Galindo (Guatemala City, Guatemala); Groupe d’action en cinéma Épopée (Montreal, Canada); Jamelie Hassan (London, Canada); Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens (Montreal / Durham-Sud, Canada); Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (United States / Canada / Mexico); Thomas Kneubühler (Montreal, Canada); Justin A. Langlois (Vancouver, Canada); Marie-France Légaré (Montreal, Canada); Richard Martel (Quebec City, Canada); Michael McCormack (Halifax, Canada); Nadia Myre (Montreal, Canada); Clint Neufeld (Osler, Canada); Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen (Brooklyn, United States / Stockholm, Sweden); Juan Ortiz-Apuy (Montreal, Canada); Oliver Ressler (Vienna, Austria); Alain-Martin Richard (Quebec City, Canada); Julie Andrée T. (Sagard, Canada); Guillermo Trejo (Mexico City, Mexico); Giorgia Volpe (Quebec City, Canada).
The work of the artists selected by the Curator will be presented at Espace 400e Bell, the primary venue for Manif d’art 7, as well as at 16 associated sites. Outdoor works will also be on display day and night at several locations in downtown Quebec City. Special partnerships have been established with cultural organizations in Quebec City and Wendake to hold activities related to the theme of the event. Sixteen Quebec City and Montreal organizations will host stimulating exhibits and satellite activities with their own interpretation of resistance.
Associated venues: Antitube in association with Les Productions Recto-Verso (videos screened at Studio d’essai), Avatar, Engramme, Galerie des arts visuels, Grand Théâtre de Québec, La Bande Vidéo, LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE, Le Lieu, L’Œil de Poisson, MATERIA, Musée de la civilisation, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Regart, Vidéo Femmes (videos screened at Le Cercle) and VU PHOTO.
Outdoor works: on two RTC bus shelters (one near the Grand Théâtre de Québec, the other beside the Fabrique Building), in the Faubourg elevator, at Carré Lépine and on one of the outside walls of the Gabrielle-Roy Public Library.
Special partners: Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Huron-Wendat Museum, Le Cercle and Bibliothèque de Québec (at the Gabrielle-Roy, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Aliette-Marchand and Collège-des-Jésuites public libraries).