The exhibition consists of an installation version of the hour-long creative documentary Hotel Machine by Québec artist Emanuel Licha. Licha filmed in five cities—Beirut, Sarajevo, Gaza, Kiev and Belgrade—in five hotels that house war correspondents covering conflicts. The film is presented in a central space surrounded by five adjacent archive stations, which through texts, images and other documents explore aspects of the concept of the “war hotel.”
Emanuel Licha: Now Have a Look at This Machine was shown, before and after its opening at the MAC, in two other Canadian museums: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), from September 10 to December 31, 2016 and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Ontario), from January 26 to April 1, 2018. This touring exhibition, organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, was funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Artist and filmmaker Emanuel Licha was born in Montréal in 1971. He studied urban geography and then the visual arts. His work in film, video installation and photography focuses on the role of architecture in the representation of conflicts, leading to a reading of the features of the urban landscape as social, historical and political signs. His recent projects investigate the means by which traumatic and violent events are being witnessed and observed. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in Québec at the Musée régional de Rimouski, as well as SBC Gallery and Galerie B-312 in Montréal; and in Europe at LOOP 09, Barcelona; Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Careof, Milan; and Institute for Contemporary Art, Pristina; as well as at Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City.