Manif d’art 8 : call for projects by Canadian artists
Manif d’art 8 : call for projects by Canadian artists

Manif d’art 8 : call for projects by Canadian artists

Manif d’art 8 – Quebec City Biennial
February 15 to March 15, 2017
Curator: Alexia Fabre
Theme: The Art of Joy

For the 8th edition of the Quebec City Biennial, Manif d’art, in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is launching a call for submissions, open until December 1, 2015.

Manif d’art – Quebec City Biennial
One of Canada’s major contemporary art biennials, the Manif d’art – Quebec City Biennial presents the work of some 100 artists from all disciplines. In addition to exhibitions, the event offers a wide array of activities based on a central theme, distinct for each edition. Since its inception in the fall of 2000, over 30 cultural organizations have helped to make this international festival an unmissable event. Its far-reaching program appeals to specialists and novices alike. The 8th edition of Manif d’art – Quebec City Biennial will be held in 2017.

The theme of Manif d’art 8, as defined by curator Alexia Fabre, is The Art of Joy. It derives from a coming-of-age novel of the same name by Goliarda Sapienza, whose heroine makes happiness and self-discovery her sole mission in life. This highly charged and open-ended theme will allow the event to explore the notion of joy not in pure illustrations of the concept, but in the expression of its multiple facets. Through existing or new works, the event will pursue and reflect upon this search for a specific relationship with the world, past and present, and everything underlying it. What will result is a tension between joy and its opposite, between its radiant side and its reverse, darker side.

Chief curator
As Chief Curator of Heritage, Alexia Fabre has directed the Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC VAL) in France since its opening in 2005, and has contributed to its development since 1998. Her curatorial projects involving the collections of the museum, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October 2015, represent and express the world’s diverse subjects, from the most locally rooted to the universal. She has striven to demonstrate the diversity and richness of current art, while building bridges between generations of artists, from the 1950s to the present. She has also curated private exhibitions by Christian Boltanski (2010) and Ange Leccia (2012), and was the artistic director, together with Frank Lamy, of Nuit blanche – Paris (2009, 2011). From 2007 to 2011, she taught at the École du Louvre. She is the Chair of the Jury for the Diplôme national supérieur d’arts plastiques at the Beaux-arts de Paris (year of 2015), and will curate the exhibition of honoured students in 2016.

Contents of digital submission:

  1. A letter of intent or project letter (maximum 250 words) in Word or PDF;
  2. A document of up to two pages explaining your artistic approach;
  3. 10 images in JPG (72 dpi) or PDF (maximum 500 KB each), accompanied by a descriptive list that includes the work’s title, medium, dimensions and date;
  4. A link to your webpage;
  5. A résumé (maximum 5 pages) for each participant, in Word or PDF, including contact and personal details (postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, citizenship).


  • Send the digital file to no later than December 1, 2015.
  • Only those submissions respecting the theme and instructions, and received before the deadline, will be forwarded to the curator for consideration.
  • Only those submissions sent in electronic format will be accepted. Documents sent by surface mail will neither be forwarded nor returned.
  • Do not send video documents by e-mail. Provide a link for on-line viewing.
  • Collectives or groups must identify a project head.
  • Upon receipt of the submission, an acknowledgement will be sent by e-mail. We shall assume no responsibility for misdirected or unreceived submissions.
  • Only those applicants whose projects have been selected will receive a reply.
  • This call for submissions is open to Canadian citizens only. The selection of foreign artists is done by invitation only.