MANIF D’ART 4 – TOI/YOU La rencontre

La biennale de Québec
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    This year, under the theme of “meeting,” Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec is presenting the fourth edition of the Manif d’art. Devoted to the promotion of contemporary visual art, this biennial event is highlighting meeting—meeting with the Other—through artistic proposals gathered under the title of Toi/You, la rencontre.


    Throughout an exciting six weeks of programming, the Manif d’art 4 is proposing the work of a multitude of established or emerging artists from Québec, Canada, the Americas and Europe. Not only a journey through the Other but also through a plurality of works of art, of perceptions and languages, a journey through the city of Québec itself via numerous collaborators who have associated with the event to bring poetry, music, applied arts, photography, installation, painting and performance to the city’s downtown core.


    Besides the main exhibition, developed in collaboration with curator Lisanne Nadeau, in which the work of 40 artists are assembled, the biennial offers other exhibitions, satellite activities, conferences, a colloquium, happy hours with artists, master classes, creation workshops for families and youth—enough to give rise to exceptional meetings and the discovery of talent from here and elsewhere. For six event-packed weeks, the Manif d’art 4, is presenting original and dynamic work in contemporary art, bringing together cultural stakeholders and the general public. It is thereby helping to make Québec City, with its 400 years of history, a prime force on the international art scene.


    With the frank success of three previous editions, the team of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec and its collaborators are proud to invite you to meetings full of emotions, surprises and wonder in this spring of 2008, to what we have every reason to believe will be an unforgettable Manif d’art.


    Lucie Lefebvre


    Claude Bélanger
    General and artistic director



    Encounters, Lures and Tatters

    The numerous tools and means of communication developed over the last two decades confront us with previously unheard-of interpersonal rapports. Electronic mediation marks our human relationships, simultaneously spurring us to question our self-image and the previously standard links that existed between the contemporary subject and his or her environment. Because our former means of communication sustained the idea of distance and territoriality, the Internet and the instantaneous transmission of information bring with them an unparalleled space-time upset in which concepts of solitude and exchange are profoundly reinvented. What, then, of our zones of affinity, of our attempts at closeness or dialogue?

    At the core of these new inter-subjective means, sometimes intimate, sometimes anonymous, even fictional, it is obvious that a tangible attainment of the other constitutes a hypothesis that is constantly put to the test.

    If the 90s was considered a decade of the aesthetics of communication, if a certain relational aesthetic subsequently swept the entire landscape of contemporary art in Québec, what is to be made of the representation and instrumentalization of our interpersonal relationships? What is to be made of attaining the other when that other singularizes himself and enters the destabilizing territory of the intimate?

    At the heart of the theme of this 4th Manif, the second person singular conjugates this new alterity. Addressed not only from the angle of distinctness, the otherness we are dealing with here is inseparable from a process of dialogue. The interrogation is located within this interface, which inexorably unites self and the other. From the couple who met by chance, from the expectative of the other to his or her rejection, from merger to rupture, from the real or fictional meeting, human communication is becoming a vital issue for creators in visual arts.

    Lisanne Nadeau