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Topographies of Mass Violence

Max and Iris Stern International Symposium 11

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.

Additional information

The talks will be given in either French or English. Simultaneous translation service will be available.

Friday, March 31
Saturday, April 1

$25: Regular ticket
$15: MACarte cardholders and students with valid I.D.
Tickets sold online (see link) or at the MAC.
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About the Max and Iris Stern International Symposium

The goal of the Max and Iris Stern International Symposiums is to make the latest research of today’s leading thinkers accessible to the public. These scholars work in a variety of fields, such as art history, aesthetics, sociology and literature. Through this commitment, the Museum’s aim is to foster a greater understanding of contemporary art and pay tribute to the Sterns by promoting their vision on the international stage.

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Emanuel Licha, Hotel Machine, 2016 (still)
Past Exhibition

Emanuel Licha

Teresa Margolles, Irrigación [Irrigation], 2010
Past Exhibition

Teresa Margolles

The Musée presents the first-ever solo show in Canada of works by Teresa Margolles, one of the foremost Mexican artists of her generation.