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(Français) Morfo-Guatemala [2009]

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Morfo-Guatemala

DU 25 FÉVRIER AU 2 MARS 2009

Grâce à la collaboration de Manif d’art et de l’Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse, trois artistes québécois ont eu l’opportunité de présenter leurs œuvres aux côtés de celles d’une trentaine d’artistes guatémaltèques, mexicains, argentins, colombiens et salvadoriens. Eugénie Cliche, Anouk Desloges et Francis O’Saughnessy ont participé à MORFO, un événement guatémaltèque dédié aux artistes de la relève en arts visuels. Leurs œuvres ont été présentées au Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, à la Casa Ibargüen et au Centro Cultural Metropolitano, trois lieux culturels de la capitale Guatemala Ciudad.

Les trois artistes étaient accompagnés pour l’occasion de Claude Bélanger, directeur général et artistique de Manif d’art, qui agissait alors à titre de commissaire international. MORFO, qui en était à sa première édition, faisait suite à la venue d’une artiste guatémaltèque en tant qu’observatrice lors de la dernière Manif d’art en 2008 et à l’envoi d’une émissaire de la Manif d’art à Guatemala City en octobre 2008 en vue d’un transfert d’expertise.

Eugénie Cliche
Symphonie sur un même souffle, 2008

Anouk Desloges
Fuck me fuck me #3, 2008

Francis O’Saughnessy
Le cri, 2008

(Français) Québec-Liverpool [2008]

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Échange Québec-Liverpool

DU 20 SEPTEMBRE AU 2 NOVEMBRE 2008

Manif d’art, la biennale de Québec présente en sol britannique, du 20 septembre au 2 novembre 2008, Vue sur Québec, une exposition d’artistes québécois en arts visuels sous la direction de Claude Bélanger et le commissariat de Lisanne Nadeau. Deuxième partie d’un échange entre les biennales de Liverpool et de Québec qui avait mené à la présentation de l’œuvre ambulante Milk Float du collectif britannique Jump Ship Rat pendant la MANIF D’ART en mai 2008, Vue sur Québec met à l’honneur la création québécoise, selon la perspective bien particulière de la MANIF D’ART. Cette exposition présentée en collaboration avec Jump Ship Rat, se rattachera à la programmation de la Biennale de Liverpool, l’une des plus importantes manifestations artistiques en Europe.

Le Novas Contemporary Urban Center, édifice situé au cœur du quartier artistique de Liverpool, accueille les 11 artistes québécois qui constitueront cette Vue sur Québec. En respect du thème Made Up de cette cinquième édition de la Biennale de Liverpool, Thierry Arcand-Bossé, le trio BGL, François Chevalier, le duo Doyon-Rivest, Diane Landry, Jean-Marc Mathieu-Lajoie, Ana Rewakowicz et Gabriel Routhier présentent une exposition alliant vidéo, sculpture, photographie, installation et peinture. L’exposition se déploie également dans le milieu urbain environnant avec une performance du trio BGL dans les rues de la ville et des œuvres sur billboard de François Chevalier, Doyon-Rivest et Gabriel Routhier en surplomb de l’artère routière Leece Street.

Mail art [2003]

COMPLETELY POSTAL! (2003)

In the context of the Manif d’art 2, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec collaborated on an exhibition of international mail art with Institut Canadien de Québec and Jean-Claude Gagnon of Collective Réparation de Poésie. Readily accessible to the general public, the exhibition was shown in Québec City from April 22 to May 18, 2003 at the Gabrielle-Roy municipal library.(1).

The exhibition brought together more than 300 artists from 38 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Inspired by the Happiness and Pretence theme of the Manif d’art 2, the 4- x 6-inch pieces took the form of artist stamps, visual poetry, collages, computer-generated or -assisted work, hand-drawn work, photographs, paintings, etc. The general public and school groups were invited to create a piece of mail art on site to be subsequently displayed in the exhibition hall.

(1) Formed in 1986, Collectif Réparation de Poésie is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to link poetry and visual arts and to establish international mail art in Québec City and regionally. To attain its objectives, it organizes a biannual event entitled Réparation de Poésie, incorporating an exhibition, performances and workshops of “regional nature poetry,’ for which occasion nature is confronted with poetry.

THE EXHIBITION >

MAIL ART AND ITS ORIGINS

There is nothing new about the close-knit complicity of mail and art. Many artists have used mail to spread their work. Think of the quatrains Mallarmé made from the addresses on his envelopes. With Chaissac, Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Braque and many others, the letter became a support for artistic creation. Mail art’s second life may be attributed to the Dadaists and Futurists who, in the 1920s, exchanged poems, collages and letters with addresses written as rebuses. As heirs of these artistic trends, and in protest to the “official’ art of galleries, creators in the 1960s used mail as a way to spread their work. The result was work decorated with artists’ stamps, personalized vignettes and unusual objects sent through the post. More than a way to make art, mail art is a vector of communication. Beyond using mail as a medium for artistic expression, artists also drew inspiration from the medium itself..

International activities

Within the scope of its mandate, Manif d’art participates in various national and international exchange projects. Whether in the context of its regular activities or for special events, the collaborations serve to promote contemporary Québec art in exhibition venues throughout the world. Exchanges also facilitate integration into a network of major cultural events and institutions abroad, thereby positioning the organization as a player on the international art scene.

About

Manif d’art  is a non-profit organization and a recognized charitable organization. Its primary mandate is to promote investigative and experimental art by showcasing cutting-edge major trends in visual art from Québec, Canada and abroad. Addressing a varied public, the organization establishes contexts for non-conventional creation and exhibition, thereby fostering enquiry into fresh issues within contemporary art.

Manif d’art brings together artists at different stages of career. Its activities offer them innovative platforms for creation and exhibition. Examples include the Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial, l’AutocART, Première Ovation Arts visuels, Arts médiatiques et Métiers d’art, exhibitions outside the country and Les Prix Videre en arts visuels. Through its multi-pronged approach, Manif d’art  endeavors to stem the tide of artists leaving the Québec City region.

General and artistic director

An art photographer, Claude Bélanger is the founder of Manif d’art (formerly Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec). In 1985, he co-founded the artist-run centre L’Œil de Poisson and assumed its coordination until 1999. He has done graduate work in sociology and holds a post-graduate certificate in project management. He has been involved in numerous regional and provincial associations ( RCAAQ, RAAV, SODART, Méduse, CCRQCA ) and has served on selection committees for several cultural events and organizations.

He acted as an independent curator for exhibitions such as Bestiaire mutant, Machines et Machines, Deux générations Deux sensibilités, Corpus and Latinos del Norte ( in Mexico City ) and was co-creator of Mirabile Visu. Since 1989, he has shown his work in over 100 exhibitions in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico and the Ukraine and has been commissioned to create a number of public artworks. He has been a recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2004, he received the Prix François, Samson, awarded for cultural development in the Québec City region.

History

Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec was born of a desire within the arts community to see an important international visual art event in Québec City. Responding to that desire, the artist-run centre L’Œil de Poisson launched the first Manif d’art in the fall of 2000. L’Œil de Poisson’s coordinator, Claude Bélanger, active in the project since 1998, pursued the initiative. To develop the Manif d’art on a recurring and long-lasting basis he founded Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec in 2002. In 2003, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec presented the Manif d’art 2 at various downtown locations. The resoundingly successful event was followed by the Manif d’art 3 in May 2005.

As of 2004, in addition to coordinating the Manif d’art, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec took over the coordination of the annual Prix Videre and assumed responsibility to travel exhibitions of works by recipients of the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas. In 2005, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec inaugurated the Collectors’ Club to promote visual art and stimulate Québec’s art market.

To increase the international exposure of Québec artists, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec is also committed to projects outside the country. In 2005-2006, the organization participated in showing work by Jocelyne Alloucherie in three European cities; it collaborated in Canada’s video program at the Semana Francofona 2004 in Chili and in 2004-2005 it supervised the Québec-PACA ( Provence, Alps, Côte d’Azur ) exchange in France.

Awards & Distinctions

Year Award & distinction
2006 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois for the Québec City region in the Festival and Tourism Event category ( operating budget of less than $1 million )
Awarded by the Office du tourisme de Québec to Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec for the Manif d’art 3.
2005 Prix Ville de Québec in the context of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture
Awarded by the Ville de Québec to Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec for the Manif d’art 3.
2004 Prix François-Samson ( Le Prix du développement culturel ) in the context of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture
Awarded by the Conseil de la culture des régions de Québec et de Chaudières-Appalaches to Claude Bélanger, founder and director of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec.
2003 Finalist for the Prix Ville de Québec in the context of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture for the Manif d’art 2.