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Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec changes its name to Manif d’art

Quebec City, Monday, November 18, 2013 – The organization Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec decided its name change and change of address should happen concurrently. From now on, this organization and the international biennial of contemporary art it hosts will share the same name: Manif d’art. This announcement was made by Manif d’art president Louis Masson during the unveiling of the organization’s new corporate image last Friday evening. Manif d’art is one of the largest contemporary art festivals in Canada.

According to Masson, this is a natural and logical step for the organization. “The biennial has been expanding ever since it was first held in 2000; it has even become better known than the organization itself. That is why we wanted to eliminate any distinction between the organization and the event, which proved confusing in the past. Now, we will focus on promoting a strong Manif d’art brand that is positive and clearly recognizable.”

The corporate brand was reworked in association with the advertising agency lg2. The brand image and logo were completely rethought and will now appear together on all corporate documents. The new image and logo can be seen in the windows and on the door of Manif d’art offices at the Coopérative Méduse complex in Quebec City.

Manif d’art 7 – the Quebec City Biennial will be on the theme of resistance and be held from May 3 to June 1, 2014. The organizers are planning a program of stimulating exhibits and activities for this event.

Major biennial of contemporary art on the Canadian scene, Manif d’art – the Quebec city Biennial presents the work of nearly 100 artists originating from every horizon. Each edition comprises exhibits and a multitude of activities based around a central theme exclusive to that edition of the event. Over 30 cultural organizations help make this international festival an integral aspect of the Quebec City art scene. Manif d’art – the Quebec City Biennial program has something for everyone, from those simply curious about contemporary art to experts in the field. The next biennial will be held from May 3 to June 1, 2014, and be on the theme of resistance.

Patrick Fournier
Director of Communications
Manif d’art
418 524-1917

Manif d’art 7 : Call for projects by Canadian Artists

** Due to a technical problem we had yesterday, we accept applications until midnight tonight, May 2. Sorry for the inconvenience. **

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Manif d’art 7 – May and June 2014
Curator : Vicky Chainey Gagnon
Theme : Resistance – And Then, We Built New Forms
Deadline : May 1, 2013

Manif d’art
Major biennial of contemporary visual arts on the Canadian scene, Manif d’art presents in Quebec City and its area the work of nearly 100 artists originating from every horizon. Approximately 30 cultural and artistic groups from Quebec City and worldwide collaborate in this must-see artistic manifestation held between May and June every two years. In addition to the exhibitions, the event offers a host of activities evolving around a central theme, unique to each edition. Manif d’art is meant for the initiated public as well as uninitiated visitors who enjoy a vast section dedicated to the discovery of contemporary art.

The guidelines of Manif d’art 7, as defined by curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, will be deployed around the theme of resistance. The event will begin by a recognition of the critical role played by visual and media arts in the documentation of conflicts and of manifestations of resistance. As pointed out by the curator, their contribution to the expression of personal views on politics, war, social injustice and the human condition will also be examined : “Current events are marked by various disturbing trends such as extreme fundamentalism, the exhilaration of speculation and consumption, combined with rampant unemployment, through banking crises and the overheating of stock markets, not mentioning the ecological issue. Within the very recent context of a global economic collapse, it seems a favourable moment to take a look at contemporary artistic productions which bespeak the modes of expression of resistance today.”

The curator will detail the theme by approaching the numerous tactics and strategies which shape radical contemporary practices. In each case, it is the political function of visual art, of cinema, of video and of performance which will be scrutinized.

Vicky Chainey Gagnon is the director/curator of the Foreman Art Gallery, established at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec Province. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cinema and art history (Concordia University, Montreal, 1999) and a master’s in interdisciplinary studies (York University, Toronto, 2005). Until 2011, she pursued doctorate research on public museology at Concordia University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.

Since 2005, Vicky Chainey Gagnon has organized numerous projects at the Foreman Art Gallery among which the series of international residencies How Does Art Teach? In 2009, she launched the Laboratoire communautaire d’art (community art laboratory), a special mediation project aimed at exploring pressing contemporary social questions from a creative point of view and the way they affect our communities directly. Her essays and other writings were published in ETC, in Curator: The Museum Journal and in works published by the Art Gallery of York University and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She taught museology within the history and art theory curriculum at Bishop’s University and was member of many committees for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as the Canadian Council for the Arts.

Contents of the digital application file :

  • A letter of intent or project letter (250-word maximum) in Word or PDF format ;
  • A two-page (max.) document explaining your artistic approach;
  • 10 pictures in PDF or JPG format (72 dpi) of a maximum of 500kb each, accompanied by a descriptive list including the title of the work, the medium, dimensions and date;
  • A link to your web page;
  • A curriculum vitae (5-page maximun) for each participant in Word or PDF format, including his/her contact details (postal address, date of birth, citizenship, telephone, e-mail).

Details :

  • Send the digital application to appel_call@manifdart.org before May 1, 2013.
  • Applications following the theme, conforming to instructions and received before the deadline only will be forwarded to the curator.
  • Applications sent in digital format only will be accepted. Documents sent by surface mail will not be forwarded or returned.
  • Do not send video files by e-mail. Supply links which allow online viewing.
  • Collectives must identify an official leader.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by e-mail upon reception of the application. We are not responsible for unreceived applications.
  • Only candidates whose application has been selected will receive a reply.
  • This call for projects concerns Canadian citizens only. Selection of foreign artists is by invitation only.

Information :

Manif d’art 7: Nomination of Vicky Chainey Gagnon as curator

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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.

Curator biography
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.

Manif d’art
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.

Previous editions
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

Presenting organization
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.


Source and press relations outside the province of Québec:
Patrick Fournier, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, 418-524-1917, communication@manifdart.org

Press relations Québec City and regions:
Marie-Ève Charlebois, Communications Sira ba, 418-524-4648, marie-eve@sira-ba.com

Press relations Montréal:
Marie Marais, 514-845-2821, marais@cooptel.qc.ca

Manif d’art 6 : machines have won the public over

Québec City, Thursday June 7, 2012 – Sunday June 3 saw the end of the 6th edition of Manif d’art under the theme Machines – The Shapes Of Movement chosen by curator Nicole Gingras. The organizers of the Québec City biennial are gladdened by the event’s success, which allowed thousands of visitors to follow the art itinerary and participate in the numerous activities presented from May 3 to June 3, 2012 in Quebec City, Lévis and Wendake.

The Espace 400e Bell, located in the Québec City Old Port, was the main site of this year’s event. Claude Bélanger, general and artistic director of the biennial’s presenting organization, is very happy with the results : “Not only did this building allow us to offer excellent exhibition conditions to the participating artists, but it also provided added visibility, especially with regard to international tourists.” He adds that the use of this location permitted Manif d’art to place itself advantageously in the global network of biennials, along with the Quebec City area as a cultural destination.

As for Nicole Gingras, her experience as curator was most stimulating : “Reflecting on the challenges facing contemporary practices in visual and media arts under the theme of machines by gathering over 40 artists from various countries and of all ages allowed me to show to what extent these artists are researchers, thinkers, inventors and visionaries. I am convinced that this essential aspect of artistic practices was understood by all those who visited the different exhibit locations and who participated in the numerous events of Manif d’art 6.”

The biennial was also supported by its 14 collaborators in distributing the work of artists chosen by the curator. In addition to the exhibitions, the official program of Manif d’art proposed over 4 weeks of conferences, master classes as well as guided tours for schools and for the public. Furthermore, a segment of performative actions and concerts was presented over three days under the direction of Eric Mattson, guest curator. Some organizations also set up a multitude of satellite activities : a prize-giving, an auction, live programs, exhibitions, etc.

Manif d’art 6 through figures

In total, the biennial brought together nearly 80 artists hailing from over 10 countries. Their work was presented in 31 locations, such as Québec City’s cultural institutions and many artist-run centres. The Première Ovation program presented a series of 6 master classes as well as a meeting with the American Mark Pauline. Approximately 300 students, from elementary to university levels, visited the biennial in groups and participated in school creation workshops presented in collaboration with Télé-Québec. Over 100 people contributed to the event as employees, interns and volunteers. An initial count estimates attendance to the Manif d’art 6 at over 56 000 visits (as of June 3, 2012). Comparing the figure to that of the 2010 edition, which lasted 12 days longer, organizers are very satisfied, especially since the Manif d’art 5 included more outdoors works.

Extended exhibitions

The installation Excroissances, presented at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, is exceptionally extended until Friday July 6, 2012. Created for the artists’ entrance and for the Conservatory entrance, this cinetic work becomes visible at dusk from René-Lévesque Boulevard and Saint-Amable Street, behind the building. Also, as previously announced by the Musée de la civilisation, Diane Landry – Correspondances, presented at the Musée de l’Amérique française, will go on until Sunday August 12, 2012. This exhibition introduces the visitor to a space inhabited by various machines and inventions put in relation with sculptures and installations that the artist created between 1996 and 2012. Finally, the satellite activitie of Manif d’art 6 Transfert/Trans-FAIRE, an exhibition to be spread out among 4 Quebec City libraries, under the curatorship of Anne-Sophie Blanchet, ends soon. Take a look at the mobile application available for iPhone and Android or go to the event’s website at www.manifdart.org/manif6/en for details.

Next edition in 2014

The Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec organization, producer of the Manif d’art, has already been working for a few months on the presentation of the biennial’s 7th edition. The theme and the name of the next curator will be released next autumn. In addition, the organizers have taken steps towards occupying the Espace 400e Bell again in 2014 It is important to mention the first ever collaboration of many organizations: the Musée de l’Amérique française hosted an artist from the official selection, and the Huron-Wendat Museum in Wendake as well as the Grand Théâtre de Québec, the Centre interuniversitaire d’études sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions, Maison Hamel-Bruno, Palais Montcalm, the Centre SAGAMIE and Vidéo Femmes joined in the satellite activities this year. Finally, it is proper at this time to thank our public and private partners, the collaborators and organizers of satellite activities, the media, the members of the board of directors, the crew of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, interns and volunteers, the crew of l’Été Techno and, naturally, the ever faithful public.

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Source :
Patrick Fournier, Communications coordinator, Manif d’art, 418 524-1917, communication@manifdart.org