Québec City, November 27, 2007 – On Monday evening, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec underscored the work of three visual artists from the â€œvieille capitale’ by honouring them with the Prix Videre at the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture awards ceremony. Québec City’s cultural community came together to discover the winners of the événement, Relève and Reconnaissance categories of the 15th edition of the Prix Videre.
Prix Relève Christian Messier
Christian Messier won the Prix Relève 2007 for his performance at Putain de bal masqué pervers, organized by Folie/Culture during the event DSM-V+ in October 2006. The performance was a strong, sensitive experience that oscillated between extreme gestuality and the fragility of the body.
Christian Messier’s artistic language is conjugated through painting and performance. Since 2000 he has participated in several performance events in Québec, including the Rencontre internationale d’art performance de Québec in 2000 and 2002, Atopie textuelle, Arts d’attitudes and the Manif d’art 3 in 2005. His performances have also been seen in several countries, including Croatia, Great Britain, the United States, Poland, Ireland and Argentina. He was one of the instigators of the event PAN! Peinture, presented by Le Lieu in the summer of 2006.
The Videre Relève prize is given to an emerging artist whose work has garnered special attention in local arts programming over the previous year.
Prix événement Hélène Matte
Interdisciplinary artist Hélène Matte was given the Prix événement for her show Voyage-Voyage, created in the context of a production residency at Recto-Verso and presented May 12 and 13, 2007 at the Essai studio of the Méduse cooperative. The artist used this complex, intimist presentation that incorporated drawing, poetry, storytelling to critically review social mores in touchingly poetic terms.
Hélène Matte lives and works in Québec City where she has made a name for herself as a cultural administrator, painter, printmaker poet and performance artist. She is particularly interested in orality and drawing as acts of presence. She has shown her work in several exhibitions, including Mes Vieux, a series of digital prints presented at the Galerie Rouje and at the Institut Canadien in Québec City in 2006 and at Gesù (centre de créativité) in Montréal in 2008.
The Videre événement prize is given to an artist whose recent production garnered special attention in local arts programming from September 2006 to August 2007.
The jury awarded the Reconnaissance prize to artist Diane Landry for her generous contribution to several disciplines, including installation, performance, and audio art. Since 1987, she has offered the public work incorporating skillful constructions and kinetic mechanisms that, full of meaning, renew links between various disciplines. She used relationships of scale to disrupt proportions, allowing us to enter her world full of wonder. Through her unique sensibility, she manages to speak of humanity with grandeur and beauty.
Throughout her career, Diane Landry has participated in numerous artist residencies and collaborated in several audio compilations. Her work has been presented in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, France, Austria and Germany. She received the Prix du rayonnement international from the Conseil de la culture des régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches in 2003. In 2007, she became the first winner of the Giverny Capital award, given by a
private company to an artist in recognition for her work. The Videre Reconnaissance prize is given to an artist from the Québec City region who has distinguished
his or her work through continued excellence, originality and quality.
For more information on the 2007 Prix Videre, visit the website of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec at www.manifdart.org.
The Prix Videre are made possible through the generous support of the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins de Québec and the Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture et des arts visuels of Université Laval.
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