Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Mundos by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles and Now Have A Look At This Machine by Quebec artist Emanuel Licha, this symposium will address the phenomenon of mass violence, a type of violence enacted by a government or organized group against certain members of a community or an entire population (members of an ethnic, religious or sexual community, inhabitants of a country, specific social or occupational categories). Speakers will address the manner in which such violence is intrinsically connected to the territories and sites in which it is perpetrated, but also to the spatial and architectural structures through which it is mediated. Mapping, forensic architecture and visual cultures provide tools for conducting such spatial investigations, as well as certain artistic practices that reflect similarly upon alternative ways of thinking about mass violence, beyond conventional media representation.


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  • Joaquín Barriendos
  • Nuria Carton de Grammont
  • Ellen Gabriel
  • Mariam Ghani
  • Derek Gregory
  • Andrew Herscher
  • Marie Lamensch et Kyle Matthews
  • Vincent Lavoie
  • Krista Geneviève Lynes
  • Caroline Monnet
  • Julie Nagam
  • Susan Schuppli
  • Marta Zarzycka

Activities surrounding the event

Organized by the MAC and the UQAM Faculty of Arts, with the special collaboration of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, this symposium is part of a broader program of activities, also called Topographies of Mass Violence, supported by the SSHRC. In addition to the symposium, this program offers two inter-university study days, two film screenings organized with the Cinémathèque québécoise, a marathon reading of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (French version), organized with the assistance of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University, and a special collaboration with Spirale magazine.

For the detailed program, visit the microsite Topographies of Mass Violence.