Catastrophe? Quelle catastrophe!

Manif d’art 5 – The Québec City Biennial


Manif d’art 5 – the fifth edition of the Québec City Biennial – takes place from May 1st to June 13th, 2010. Curated by Sylvie Fortin, it features new and recent works by 34 artists presented in Québec City’s main cultural institutions and a number of temporary public sites. A number of satellite projects complement the Biennial programs, featuring work by some twenty additional artists, The project casts the historical city as a protagonist in the exploration of catastrophe’s role in contemporary life.


Patrick Altman (Québec City, Canada); Salvatore Arancio (London, UK); Bill Burns (Toronto, Canada); Luca Buvoli (New York, USA); Cooke-Sasseville (Québec City, Canada); Doyon/Demers (Québec City, Canada); Sarah Emerson (Atlanta, USA); Carole Epp (Saskatoon, Canada); Brendan Fernandes (Toronto, Canada / New York, USA); Amélie Laurence Fortin (Québec City, Canada); Laurent Grasso (Paris, France); Johan Grimonprez (Brussels, Belgium / New York, USA); Milutin Gubash (Montreal, Canada); Hadley+Maxwell (Vancouver, Canada / Berlin, Germany); Maryam Jafri (Copenhagen, Denmark); Gwen MacGregor (Toronto, Canada); Lynne Marsh (Montreal, Canada / Berlin, Germany / London, UK); Daniel Joseph Martinez (Los Angeles, USA); Michael Jones McKean (Richmond, USA); Gean Moreno (Miami, USA); Ahmet öÄŸüt (Istanbul, Turkey / Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Ernesto Oroza (Miami, USA); Iván Navarro (New York, USA); Trevor Paglen (Berkeley, USA); Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus); Gwendoline Robin (Brussels, Belgium); Samuel Roy-Bois (Vancouver, Canada); SUPERFLEX (Copenhagen, Denmark); Katherine Taylor (Atlanta, USA); Myriam Yates (Lennoxville, Canada)


Manif d’art 5 – The Québec City Biennial – connects Quebec City’s main cultural institutions and a number of temporary public sites, creating a walkable itinerary through the historical city’s central, historic sectors.

This itinerary was devised around two main starting points: Place Québec at 880, avenue Honoré- Mercier and 735, rue St-Joseph Est. From there, the exbitiion unfolds across a number of temporary sites as well as the following collaborating institutions:

Avatar, Engramme, Folie/Culture, Galerie des arts visuels de l’Université Laval, La Bande Vidéo, LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE, Le Lieu, L’Œil de Poisson, MATERIA, Musée de la civilization de Québec, Regart and VU.


The $12 pass includes an admission button and a bilingual guide. The button is required for admission to the Biennial’s central exhibitions. The pocket-size guide features a curatorial introduction, a map, and useful information on the venues, the artists, and satellite projects.

General Admission: $12 Package Deal: $18 (2 buttons and 1 bilingual guide) Student: 10$ Children under 12 accompanied by a pass-holding adult: free All rates include taxes

The pass will be on sale at all venues, beginning on May 1stt.

Manif d’art:

Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec was created in response to the wish of the local arts community to host an important international visual art event in Québec City. The artist-run centre L’Œil de Poisson launched the first Manif d’art in the fall of 2000. Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec was officially founded as an independent organization in 2002 in order to develop the Manif d’art as a recurring and sustainable Biennial. The 5th edition of Manif d’art takes place in 2010.

Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec’s mission 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 production and exhibition, thereby fostering the emergence of new issues in contemporary art.


Catastrophe? Quelle Catastrophe! is curated by Atlanta-based Sylvie Fortin, Editor-in-Chief of ART PAPERS.


May 1, 2010 to June 13, 2010


An illustrated bilingual catalogue (French & English) will accompany the exhibition, featuring essays by: Manuel DeLanda (New York, USA); Sylvie Fortin (Atlanta, USA); Michaël La Chance (Chicoutimi, Canada); Gean Moreno + Ernesto Oroza (Miami, USA); Jalal Toufic (Istanbul, Turkey); and Maya Van Leemput (Brussels, Belgium).


A progressive opening will launch the Biennial on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The day-long event will begin at 11am. For a complete schedule, visit www.manifdart.org.

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