Québec, September 24, 2007 – A delegation of Québec artists has just boarded a plane for Chile in order to participate in the 8th edition of the Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios in Santiago, Chile from October 2 to 28, 2007.
Accompanied by Claude Bélanger, curator of the Québec exhibition, Manon De Pauw, Martin Bureau, Jean-François Côté and Murielle Dupuis Larose left for Santiago, Chile on September 20 to participate in video creation residencies in the context of the Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios. Work by the four Québec artists, presented under the theme of Cities, Citizenships, Citizens, will be shown at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo for the duration of the South American biennial, along with 20 works by international artists. A trilingual catalogue (English, French, Spanish) of the Québec production is being edited for the occasion.
This Québec presentation is co-produced by Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec and La Bande Vidéo (two Québec City art organizations whose mandate is to exhibit original work in visual and media arts) in association with the Chilean Video Corporation (the organization producing the Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios). The presentation follows exchanges that previously took place between Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec and Chilean organizations in the context of the Manif d’art 2 (2003) and the Semana Francofona in Chile (2004), as well as the recent presentation of Digital Chile_07 in Québec City. Go to the website of the biennial –www.bienaldevideo.cl– of Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec –www.manifdart.org– and of La Bande Vidéo – www.meduse.org/labandevideo/– for more information.
Painter and video artist, Martin Bureau lives and works in Saint-Jean-de-l’île-d’Orléans. His production focuses on staging contrasts that highlight engagement and criticism. He is particularly interested in notions of power, surveillance and control, particularly as exercised by and through media.
Montréal artist Manon De Pauw uses audio and video to observe relationships between individuals and groups in unique situations that she stages. For the duration of a video shoot, she creates micro-societies of artists who are subject to more or less strict rules where anything can occur. Her research focuses on gestures, mental and physical states, sound and the materialities they induce.
Jean-François Côté examines various ways to inhabit the world, to move within it and become part of it through critical engagement with the myriad images present in modern society. He is currently completing, in Québec City, a doctoral degree in visual art and art history.
Murielle Dupuis Larose, from Québec City, has an artistic practice that emphasizes a site-specific approach. In this project, she focuses her gaze on attempts to enter into relationship with others, highlighting ways with which to see.
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