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© Idra Labrie
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Manif d'art

Illusions are real

Finally back after an unwelcome year’s delay, the 10th edition of Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), will take place from February 19 to April 24, 2022, in 34 locations across Quebec City. The theme of the event is Illusions are Real. Approximately 100 international, Canadian and Quebecois artists will present their trompe-l’oeil works, sleight-of-hand tricks, and diversion tactics in exhibitions that will stun and surprise. Over the nine weeks of the event, multiple indoor and outdoor locations will provide settings for dozens of works, each proposing a unique artistic practice.

The works gathered under the theme Illusions are Real by guest curator Steven Matijcio, Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, pull the curtain back on illusions and magic, not to mention our everyday lives and political realities. Visitors will be captivated by fascinating activities and exhibitions, and by the apparently magical, supernatural, and irrational aspects of many never-before-seen works.

At the heart of this 10th edition is the central exhibition of approximately 100 works at the Pavillon Pierre Lassonde of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. For the 66 days of Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial, visitors will be impressed by Matijcio’s expert curatorial choices of pieces by 20 artists from 5 countries.


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©Éliane Excoffier
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©Clara Lacasse

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VU

Mille Lieues (A Thousand Leagues), Éliane Excoffier

Éliane Excoffier invites us to enter into worlds with lives of their own, mysteries of their own. While in the past Excoffier focused on women’s bodies and animal figures, with this new project she shows us these unemptied spaces for what they are. Indeed, they are teaming with presence, urging us to examine that which inhabits these parallel worlds, where the frontier between the real and the imaginary that we are always seeking to define is finally erased. This exhibition is presented in VU's Espace Américain from January 8th to February 13th.

Nouvelle Aube (New Dawn), Clara Lacasse

After having documented two years of renovations to the Montréal Biodome, Clara Lacasse examines the emotional relationship we have with this institution today, its architecture, and the life it houses. Certainly it was something of a crazy dream to create and maintain such a universe; Lacasse presents a critical view of the Biodome while scrupulously avoiding easy judgments and moralizing. Rather, she asks us to look critically at ourselves and to reflect upon the role that we can play within our own ecosystems, in order to imagine other futures. This exhibition is presented in VU's Espace Européen, from January 8th to February 13th.

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© Photo : Jorge Ayala-Isaza
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© Elizabeth Champagne

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La Bande Vidéo

Tears, Race & Bullets, Jorge Ayala-Isaza

Tears, Race & Bullets is a multichannel video installation that appropriates newsreel images from Cuba’s Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (ICAIC Latin American Newsreel) that highlight the struggles of the Black Panther Party against racism. Launched in 1960 and produced weekly until 1990 by the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Newsreel documented on 35mm film the revolutionary movements of Cuba and the so-called “Third World”. The exhibition is presented from January 8th to February 13th.

SPIRA

Neighbours from Abroads

At the Musée de la civilisation until January 23, 2022, the installation Neighbours from Abroad invites visitors to discover the realities of immigrants in Québec City. The exhibit is offered in French and in English. The artists behind the project are journalist Pascale Guéricolas (from France) and filmmakers Clarissa Rebouças (from Brazil) and Felippe Martin (from Colombia). They have all experienced immigration first-hand. Neighbours from Abroad is an exhibition co-created by the Musée de la civiliSation and Spira.

Musée de la civilisation

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