The MAC hosts Momenta | Biennale de l’image

Montreal, August 22nd 2017

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (formerly Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal) presents, in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Taryn Simon Paperwork and the Will of Capital from September 6 to November 13.

The opening is being held on September 7 at 7:30pm, in the presence of the artist. 
A tour of the exhibition with Taryn Simon and the curator, Ami Barak, takes place on September 8 at 12 p.m.

MOMENTA is also a vast program of public activities, talks, projections, and encounters, as well as many opportunities to meet the artists and see their works. The biennale would be incomplete without its catalogue, co-produced with the prestigious publishing house Kerber Verlag, which brings together texts by the curator and five authors who address the question What Does the Image Stand For?

MOMENTA 2017

For its 15th edition, MOMENTA has joined forces with curator Ami Barak, who has developed an outstanding program on the theme What Does the Image Stand For? The 2017 edition of MOMENTA explores the concept of photographic and videographic evidence for the prosecution, whether images are still or in motion, raising the question of images as avatars, and focusing on the fantastical and sublimated aspects of the reality that they convey. The 38 artists in this biennale invite us not to accept their testimony uncritically. The biennale comprises three segments. The first, which corresponds to the central exhibition at our headquarters, focuses on the work of 23 artists and is being presented at two sites: Galerie de l’UQAM and VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine. The second consists of 14 solo exhibitions spread throughout the city. And the third is an exhibition of documents located at Artexte.

MOMENTA is also a vast program of public activities, talks, projections, and encounters, as well as many opportunities to meet the artists and see their works. The biennale would be incomplete without its catalogue, co-produced with the prestigious publishing house Kerber Verlag, which brings together texts by the curator and five authors who address the question What Does the Image Stand For?

Portfolio Discoveries

The public is invited to discover the portfolios of 15 off-program artists on October 14 between 11am and 4pm at the Beverley Webster Rolph Hall of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This activity offers a different view of the vitality of the local art scene.

So you won’t miss anything in the 2017 edition, a detailed program is available for free at all of our exhibition partners and on momentabiennale.com.

Providing access to all biennale activities, MOMENTA Passports are available at La Vitrine.


Taking the opportunity of this 15th edition, MPM changes its identity and becomes MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image. 

MOMENTA is the plural form of the Latin word momentum. It speaks to the character of our biennale as an event in time, also alluding to the pioneering concept of “the decisive moment” posited by the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. MOMENTA also references the different temporalities of the image as an event, as the time of a shoot, as a work exhibited and received within temporal parameters. The sense of this moment is conveyed, as well, in such modes as the encounter with, and experience of, exhibited artworks, as well as in the sharing and remembering of them.

The organization’s mission remains the same: to produce a biennale that dialogues with the global art world while addressing issues related to the still and moving contemporary image, in collaboration with various exhibition partners gathered around a common project. MOMENTA supports Canadian artists by bringing to light the relevance, diversity, and quality of their work, and by presenting it within an international context.

Unveilling of the 2017 programming:

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