Curator and theme
The Strength of Sleep
The Cohabitations of All the Living
The Quebec City Biennial will draw its inspiration from the Canadian winter and the sleeping earth to focus on human sleep and the multiple nuances of the process of waking. Both sleep and the cold season are times of latency, transition, and pause, of suspended productivity, and of resistance against the exploitation of bodies and resources. These daily or seasonal alterations, where different species and their environments interconnect, provide the living with the opportunity for regeneration, as well as for listening, attention to self-knowledge, and interaction with other life forms. By liberating inner, uncontrolled, and sometimes crucial strengths, and by altering our reflexes and shifting our perceptions, sleep can change how we perceive the world.
Marie Muracciole is an art critic, author, teacher, and independent curator who lives in Paris. From February 2014 to June 2019, she lived in Lebanon, where she was director of the Beirut Art Center (BAC). From 2005 to 2011, she was head of cultural programming at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. She runs a seminar at the Malmö Art Academy, in Sweden.