15th EDITION OF THE PRIX VIDERE, WHO ARE THE 2007 FINALISTS?

15th EDITION OF THE PRIX VIDERE, WHO ARE THE 2007 FINALISTS?

15th EDITION OF THE PRIX VIDERE, WHO ARE THE 2007 FINALISTS?

Québec City, November 13, 2007 – On November 26, 2007, for a 15th consecutive year, the Prix Videre will underscore the work of visual artists from the “vieille capitale’ at the awards ceremony of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture. Which artists from among Québec City’s cultural community will be honoured with the Videre événement prize, the Reconnaissance prize and the new Videre Relève prize?

Organized by Manifestation international de Québec, the Prix Videre are annually attributed by a peer jury who visited exhibitions shown in the region during the previous year (September to August). They underscore the creative talent of Québec City artists and support them in their career. The prizes are made possible with the support of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins de Québec and the Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture et des arts visuels of Université Laval.

For the Videre événement prize, given to an artist whose recent production received special attention in arts programming in the Québec City region over the previous year, the following artists are nominated:

Cooke-Sasseville

For their participation in the event Les Convertibles, shown in the context of the 10th anniversary of the Journées de la culture. The duo associated the theme of death with the game of bowling, proposing metaphors that incorporated technical vocabulary and the anthropomorphous facet of bowling pins.

Paryse Martin

For her installation Manœuvres exquises presented at the Galerie des arts visuels in February, 2007. The installation comprised a community of objects in which the figurative and the abstract rubbed shoulders, tangled in an endless muddle of the real and the mythological. The result was a staging of the fantastic that evoked an obscure tragedy amplified by a symbolism of sensuality.

Hélène Matte

For her multidisciplinary 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.

For the Videre Relève prize, which underscores the recent production of an emerging artist whose work has garnered special attention in the Québec City region, the finalists are:

Thierry Arcand-Bossé

For his exhibition at the Galerie Lacerte in February 2007, comprising recent work coloured by the ardour that consistently characterizes the artist’s production. A reflection on oppressive urgency and political lies relayed through the use of popular and technical imagery.

Christian Messier

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.

Mathieu Valade

For his intervention Les belles balles, presented in collaboration with L’Œil de Poisson in a field on a country road in St-Casimir, Québec. Renewed forms scattered throughout the field disrupted a part of the St-Casimir countryside. The project was a part of a four-part series entitled Géometrie rural, in which the artist works to with reroute our usual perceptions of the countryside.

As the Videre Reconnaissance prize is attributed to an artist has distinguished his or her work through continued excellence, originality and quality, the winner will be revealed on the night of the awards ceremony without been previous nomination.

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Information: Lysandre Bouchard / Communications agent Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec

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