Québec City, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – The Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec team is delighted to announce the nomination of Sherbrooke’s Vicky Chainey Gagnon as the curator of Manif d’art 7 – the Québec City Biennial. This major contemporary visual arts event will revolve around the theme of resistance, presenting around a hundred exhibitions and activities in May and June of 2014.
Director/curator of the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Vicky Chainey Gagnon is renowned for her innovative approach and interest in emerging artistic practices. Her research into citizen museology has led her to explore new forms of cultural mediation, recently presented within the framework of a series of exhibitions. In 2011, Chainey Gagnon was awarded the Prix Relève by the Société des musées québécois, in recognition of the contribution of her work to the advancement of Québec museology.
A theme centred around resistance
The main lines of the Manif d’art 7, as defined by guest curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, will be developed around the theme of resistance. The exhibition starts with a consideration that the visual and media arts have played a critical role in documenting conflict and resistance. As the curator points out, their contribution to the expression of personal views on politics, war, social inequities, and the human condition will also be examined: “Worrisome trends exist today such as extreme fundamentalism, euphoric speculation and consumerism, combined with mass unemployment, banking crises, and overheated stock markets, notwithstanding ecological duress. In the context of a very recent global economic meltdown, the time is right to look at contemporary artistic productions that speak to articulations of resistance today.”
The curator will explore the theme by addressing the many tactics and strategies that shape radical contemporary practice. In each, the political function of art, film, video, and performance will be examined.
Vicky Chainey Gagnon is Director/Curator at the university-based Foreman Art Gallery located in Sherbrooke, Québec. She holds a BFA in Film and Art History (Concordia University, Sherbrooke, 1999) and a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (York University, Toronto, 2005). Until 2011, she pursued doctoral research at Concordia University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture on the subject of civically engaged museology where she received several grants including the Fonds québécois de la recherche en société et culture and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Since 2005, Vicky Chainey Gagnon has organized projects for the Foreman Art Gallery such as: Time Inside the Image I-III; Above and Below (Adam David Brown, Martha Fleming/Lyne Lapointe, Inger Lise Hansen, Véronique La Perrière M., Penelope Stewart, Irene F. Whittome); Christina Battle: Filing Memory; Charles Stankievech: Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar; Value (Cooke-Sasseville, Antoni Muntadas, Red Channels, Anton Vidokle & Julieta Aranda, WochenKlausur) and the international residency series How Does Art Teach?. In 2009, she launched the Laboratoire communautaire d’art, a special mediation project aimed at exploring, from a creative point of view, urgent contemporary social questions and how they affect our communities.
Her essays and texts have appeared in: ETC, Curator: The Museum Journal and publications by the Art Gallery of York University and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2011, she was awarded the Prix de la relève from the Société des musées québécois. In 2012, Vicky Chainey Gagnon is participating in the residency The Decapitated Museum at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught museology in the Art History and Theory program at Bishop’s University and sat on numerous committees, for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as for the Canada Council for the Arts.
One of Canada’s major contemporary arts biennials, Manif d’art brings the works of nearly 100 artists from around the world to Québec City and its environs. About 30 cultural and artistic institutions and organizations from Québec and the international scene collaborate in this key artistic event held every two years in May and June. In addition to exhibitions, the event offers a whole host of activities elaborated around a central theme, specific to each edition. Manif d’art is intended for both art specialists and the general public alike, with a vast array of programming dedicated to the discovery of contemporary art. The biennial is organized by the Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec organization.
Manif d’art – Ornamentation – From September 1to October 15, 2000
Curator: Andrée Daigle
Manif d’art 2 – Happiness and Pretence – From May 1 to 31, 2003
Curator: Bernard Lamarche
Manif d’art 3 – Cynisms? – From May 1 to June 12, 2005
Curator: Patrice Loubier, co-curator: André-Louis Paré
Manif d’art 4 – Toi/You, la rencontre – From May 1to June 15, 2008
Curator: Lisanne Nadeau
Manif d’art 5 – Catastrophe? What catastrophe! – From May 1 to June 13, 2010
Curator: Sylvie Fortin
Manif d’art 6 – Machines – The Shapes of Movement – From May 3 to June 3, 2012
Curator: Nicole Gingras
Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec 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. The organization 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 Québec 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.
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