On the occasion of the exhibition femmes volcans forêts torrents, the MAC invites you to a series of visits to meet the participating artists, who will be joined by the exhibition’s curator, Marie-Eve Beaupré; art historian Nuria Carton de Grammont; and artist and exhibition curator Léuli Eshrāghi.

Please note that the visit on Wednesday, July 3, at 5:00 pm, with Sonia Robertson, Maria Ezcurra, and Nuria Carton de Grammont, will be followed by a conversation in Spanish among the Spanish-speaking artists in the exhibition, Nuria Carton de Grammont, and the public, at 6:00 pm.

  • asinnajaq and Léuli Eshrāghi: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Malena Szlam and Marie-Eve Beaupré: Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Anahita Norouzi and Marie-Eve Beaupré: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Caroline Gagné, Jacynthe Carrier and Marie-Eve Beaupré: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Sonia Robertson, Maria Ezcurra and Nuria Carton de Grammont: Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 5 p.m. The visit will be followed by a public discussion in Spanish with Maria Ezcurra, Malena Szlam et Nuria Carton de Grammont, at 6 p.m.
  • Sabrina Ratté, Nelly-Eve Rajotte and Marie-Eve Beaupré: Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

Spanish:

Con motivo de la exposición femmes volcans forêts torents [mujeres volcanes bosques torrentes], el MAC le invita a una serie de visitas-encuentros con las artistas participantes, acompañadas por la comisaria de la exposición Marie-Eve Beaupré, la historiadora de arte Nuria Carton de Grammont y la artista y comisaria Léuli Eshrāghi. Le recordamos que seguidamente a la visita-encuentro del miércoles 3 de julio a las 17:00 hs., con Sonia Robertson, María Ezcurra y Nuria Carton de Grammont, se realizará a las 18:00 hs. un intercambio en español entre las artistas hispanohablantes de la exposición, Nuria Carton de Grammont y el público.

Biographies:

  • asinnajaq

asinnajaq is from Inukjuak, Nunavik, and lives in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang. Her work includes photography, filmmaking, writing, and curating. She co-created Tillitarniit, a three-day festival celebrating Inuit art and artists. asinnajaq wrote and directed Three Thousand (2017), a short sci-fi “documentary.” She co-curated Isuma’s exhibition in the “Canadian” pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. In 2020, asinnajaq was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. She co-curated INUA, the inaugural exhibition of the Inuit art centre Qaumajuq (2021), and programmed the 2022 Fall Flaherty NYC series Let’s all be lichen. In her work, asinnajaq is interested in sharing tools for navigating life’s journey.

  • MARIE-EVE BEAUPRÉ

Art historian and field practitioner Marie-Eve Beaupré was appointed executive director and chief curator of the Guido Molinari Foundation in spring 2023. Over the last twenty years, she has collaborated with museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as a curator, author, administrator, and jury member. She was curator of the collection at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2016–23) and curator of contemporary Québec and Canadian art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2014–16). She has also contributed to exhibition, acquisition, and research projects with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2010–14) and the Galerie de l’UQAM (2004–12). The enriching exchanges that she has developed with artists over the years and her inventorying work in the studios of Edmund Alleyn, Sylvia Safdie, John Heward, Betty Goodwin, and Guido Molinari provide the basis for her knowledge and comprehension of and respect for the art ecosystem in which she works.

  • JACYNTHE CARRIER

Born in 1982 in Lévis, near the river, Jacynthe Carrier has been developing her art practice around living beings and images for fifteen years. Focusing on the tensions that animate and shape contemporary territories, she creates performances and installations that explore different relations between the body and the environment, through the notions of connection, presence, and collective gesture. Over the years, her work has received several awards and been presented mainly in Québec, but also in Canada and abroad. Her works are included in private and museum collections. She lives in Québec City with her family on the banks of the Akiawenrahk (St-Charles) River.

  • NURIA CARTON DE GRAMMONT

Nuria Carton de Grammont is an art historian, curator, and lecturer at Concordia University, where she obtained her doctorate in 2012. She is interested in inclusive practices and in the pluralization of contemporary art. She is a member of the Laboratoire d’art et de recherche décolonial at the Université du Québec à Montréal and of the Observatoire de la médiation culturelle of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique de Montréal. As a curator, she has organized contemporary-art exhibitions in Mexico and Canada. She has published articles in various specialized magazines and co-edited the book Politics, Culture and Economy in Popular Practices in the Americas (Peter Lang, 2016). Currently, she is director of SBC Galerie d’art contemporain.

  • LÉULI ESHRAGHI

Léuli Eshrāghi, né·e en 1986 en pays Yuwi, appartient aux clans Seumanutafa et Tautua de l’archipel sāmoan, et vit et travaille à Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang / Montréal. Sa démarche artistique et commissariale privilégie la visualité internationale autochtone, asiatique et noire, les langues sensuelles et parlées, et les pratiques cérémonielles-politiques.

Eshrāghi a œuvré comme commissaire de la TarraWarra Biennial 2023 : ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili (Prix très remarqué, Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards 2023), comme commissaire-chercheur·euse extraordinaire à l’University of Queensland Art Museum où iel a co-commissarié les expositions Oceanic Thinking: Season Two (2022), Mare Amoris | Sea of Love (2023-24), et How we remember tomorrow (2024), et comme contributeurice ou directeurice de nombreux ouvrages. Son essai Bambae ol stamba fasin blong lukaotem mo kasem ol wanwan saed blong solwora i no save lusum (Prix très remarqué, AAANZ Arts Writing and Publishing Awards 2023) a été conçu pour la monographie Daniel Boyd: Treasure Island. Iel a commissarié ou collaboré à divers expositions, jurys, résidences et rassemblements dans des centres d’art actuel et des musées d’art au Canada, en France, en Australie, à Hawaiʻi et en Aotéaroa.

Eshrāghi est conservateurice des arts autochtones au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, mentor·e au sein du Projet Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq: Futurités inuit en leadership culturel et membre des comités des arts autochtones et des arts visuels du Conseil des arts de Montréal. Iel a cumulé deux mandats de 2016 à 2022 sur le CA de l’Indigenous Curatorial Collective/Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) à titre de représentant·e du Grand Océan. Iel a fait partie de plusieurs collectifs commissariaux dont Visiting

  • MARIA EZCURRA

Maria Ezcurra is a Latino-Canadian artist and teacher who lives in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang. Her work has been presented in Canada (Nuit Blanche in Toronto; in Montréal at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Oboro, Centrale Powerhouse, and Projet Casa), the United States, Europe, and Mexico (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City). She has developed public, participatory, and community art projects in various contexts, and she is one of the founding members of the Intervals collective. Ezcurra holds a PhD in art education from Concordia University and is currently a lecturer at McGill and Concordia universities. She received the Prix de la diversité en arts visuels from Conseil des arts de Montréal (2019), the Prix Powerhouse from La Centrale galerie (2022), and the 2023 Prix d’Art Contemporain from the MNBAQ. Her research areas are the cultural power of personal objects, the gendered embodiment of clothing and textiles, memory, identity, belonging, and immigration.

  • CAROLINE GAGNÉ

Caroline Gagné lives and works in Quebéc City and Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. She has a bachelor’s degree in visual arts (1998) and graduated with distinction with an interdisciplinary master’s degree in art (2012) from Université Laval. She has taken part in the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine (Trois-Rivières), the Manif d’art Biennial and Mois Multi (Québec City), the Temps d’images festival (Montréal), FIMAV (Victoriaville), and Instants fertiles (Saint-Nazaire, France), as well as in the events Périphéries Québec-Zagreb-Sarajevo (Zagreb, Croatia), Cités invisibles (Montreal), and C’est arrivé près de chez vous: L’art actuel à Québec (Québec City). Her works have also been shown at Occurrence and Galerie UQAM (Montréal), the Stewart Hall Art Gallery (Pointe-Claire), Sporobole (Sherbrooke), Stryx Gallery (Birmingham, England), and Lieu and VU (Québec City). She has participated in a number of residencies, including Est-Nord-Est (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, 2011), Daimon (Gatineau), La Chambre Blanche (Québec City), and Rad’Art (San Romano, Italy). In 2011, she won the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture de la Ville de Québec for her sound installation CARGO. Gagné is an active member of the arts milieu, and she was artistic director of artist-run centre Avatar from 2013 to 2019.

  • ANAHITA NOROUZI

Anahita Norouzi is a multidisciplinary artist, originally from Tehran and active in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang since 2018. Her practice is research-driven, derived from marginalized histories, with a particular focus on the legacies of botanical explorations and archeological excavations, especially when scientific research became entangled in the colonial exploitation of non-Western geographies.

Articulated across a range of media and materials, including sculpture, installation, photography, and video, Norouzi’s work interrogates different cultural and political perspectives on the human and non-human “other,” underlining the complex space between the conflicted state of displaced people, plants, and cultural artefacts and the responsibilities of the host country.

  • NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE

Nelly-Ève Rajotte is a professor at the School of Design at UQAM, where she directs the Image en mouvement et design sonore hub. As a visual and media artist, she focuses on the image in motion, sound, and immersion in performances and installations. Aside from numerous exhibitions in Québec, including at the Musée d’art de Joliette, Fonderie Darling, Occurrence, Clark, Optica, and Circa, her works have been shown at festivals in Canada – including MUTEK, the Festival International du film sur l’art, and Espace [IM] Média – and abroad – International Short Film Festival in Berlin (Germany), Transmediale (Germany), MUTEK (Argentina, Japan, and Mexico), Lab30 (Germany), Finnish Contemporary Art Fair, and ISEA2020.

  • SABRINA RATTÉ

Sabrina Ratté is a Canadian artist based in Montréal/Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang. Her tools include 3D scans, analog video synthesizers, and 3D animation, and her formal approach serves as the foundation for the creation of ecosystems that manifest across various platforms, from interactive installations to videos, digital prints, sculptures, and virtual reality. Exploring the convergence of technology and biology, the interplay between materiality and virtuality, and the speculative evolution of our environment, her work is influenced by science fiction, philosophy, and theoretical writings. Ratté portrays worlds devoid of humans, where forgotten remnants continue to evolve and forge new relationships with the ecosystem.

Ratté’s work has been exhibited in institutions such as Laforet Museum in Tokyo, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the PHI Centre in Montréal, the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. She has presented solo exhibitions at Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, Fotografiska in Shanghai, and Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montréal and New York. Notably, her work is in the collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Ratté was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in Canada in 2019 and went on to receive the award in 2020.

  • SONIA ROBERTSON

An Ilnu from Mashteuiatsh, where she currently lives, Sonia Robertson is an artist, art therapist, and curator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary art at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in 1996. She has participated in art events in Québec, Canada, France, Haiti, Mexico, and Japan. She has developed an in situ approach that is becoming more and more participatory. In 2017, she completed a master’s degree in art therapy at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, during which she created an approach linked to the imaginary of hunter-gatherer peoples.

She founded Kamishkak’Arts (Fondation Diane Robertson), in 1994, co-founded the artist workshops TouT-TouT de Chicoutimi, in 1997, and Kanatukulieutsh uapikun, which sees to the safeguarding and promotion of Pekuakamiulnuatsh knowledge about plants, in 2001. Since 1994, Robertson has curated projects situated at the intersection of art and art therapy. Among others, she was the curator for the Aki Odehi project at the Centre d’exposition de Val-D’Or and project director at the Musée Amérindien for the permanent participatory exhibition L’esprit du Pekuakamiulnu in 2005.

  • MALENA SZLAM

Malena Szlam is a Chilean artist and filmmaker based in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang. Through her installations, films, and photographs she explores embodied perception and the material and affective dimensions of the analogue film process. In her practice, she gives form to lyrical approximations of the natural world. Attentive to the geopolitics of natural phenomena, her recent work focuses on geology, earth science, and volcanology.

Szlam’s work has been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, MoMA, New Directors/New Films, Museum of the Moving Image, Media City Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, CPH:DOX, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and 25 FPS, among others. Recent group exhibitions include Expanded Plus: Utopian Phantom, Factory of Contemporary Arts Palbok (South Korea); The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark). Solo presentations include Inexistent Time, presented by Los Angeles Filmforum, and Infra—, at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. Szlam’s work is included in the MoMA permanent collection.