For a second year the Manif d’art – the Québec City Biennial is presenting, from September 18 to November 28, an exhibition of Québec artists at the prestigious Liverpool Biennial in England. Under the direction of Claude Bélanger (Manif d’art) and curator Sylvain Campeau, the exhibition will bring together nine Québec artists under the title Tactful Rituals. It will be presented in the context of City States, the new international pavilion devoted to foreign exhibitions located at the Novas Contemporary Urban Center (CUC) in Liverpool.
From September 18 to November 28, ten guest countries will present exhibitions in City States, the new international segment of the Liverpool Biennial, a testimony to the cultural dynamics that exist between cities and states. The Manif d’art – the Québec City Biennial, was invited to ensure a Québec presence following an initial collaboration with the Liverpool Biennial in 2008.
Tactful Rituals brings together the multidisciplinary work of Québec artists Annie Baillargeon, Claudie Gagnon, Massimo Guerrera, Adad Hannah, Manon Labrecque, Catherine Sylvain, Julie Andrée T. and the duo Carl Bouchard / Martin Dufrasne. Mirroring the concept of City States and the theme of the Liverpool Biennial, Touched, curator Sylvain Campeau has united proposals that rely on the body as an object for creation. The opening will take place September 17 at the grand opening of the Liverpool Biennial. Julie Andrée T. and Massimo Guerrera will present performances.
General and artistic director of the Manif d’art, Claude Bélanger, curator Sylvain Campeau and the artists will be flying to Liverpool September 10 to mount Tactful Rituals. Their presence at a major contemporary art event is an exceptional opportunity to showcase Québec art among a vast audience of specialists, artists and art aficionados. It is also an opportunity to promote the work of Québec creators in the current panorama of cutting edge practices.