The Belgo Report » Event News and reviews of art exhibitions in the Belgo Building Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:12:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Le Mois de la Photo: Investigating the Post-Photographic Condition Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:07:18 +0000 Devices and smart phones now exist as part of our personal and physical space. At any given time of the day, most people know where their phone is. Either by seeing or feeling the phone on their physical person, or by mentally knowing where it is. This continuous physical and psychological contact is changing the way we make decisions, share stories, and form memories. Specifically, these devices have changed our relationship with photography and with images. Each person now has inexpensive, easy access to a camera, storage, and everyone is constantly connected to one another. Reality exists increasingly within and through these devices, and via social media and the cloud almost everything ends up on the Internet. The many and varied ways these technologies are changing individuals, and society as a whole, is under examination at this year’s Le Mois de la Photo (MPM).

Opening last week, the biennial – currently in its 14th edition – features 29 artists (emerging and established) from 11 countries who will exhibit at 16 sites across Montreal over the month long event. Four artists will present their work in Belgo Building galleries. Conceptual artist and curator, Joan Fontcuberta, conceived of this year’s theme, The Post-Photographic Condition. Each of the exhibits and the related discussions fit within one of the biennial’s three core conceptual frameworks, also conceived by Fontcuberta.

The first framework sees an exploration of the idea that we’re witnessing the establishment of a new visual order, which is changing the way images are understood and used. Images have now become immaterial, viewed solely as digital objects, and more easily shared than ever; the landscape is characterized by a massive increase in the number and the availability of all kinds of images. Their ubiquitous nature now means that photographs are not valued in the way they once were. Their ease of use, and ease of transmission, has also made communicating via images a day-to-day experience for most people.

Fontcuberta calls the second conceptual idea Reality Reloaded, with obvious reference to The Matrix. In the same way Neo plugged into the matrix, we are now able to engage with a parallel reality in the online world. Although the Internet can be said to act as a mirror of the real world, this mirror and our perception of the reflection is not always accurate. The line between reality and illusion, lies and truth, can be impossible to ascertain. Fontcuberta poses the questions: is what we see on our screens just an interface between subject and object, or is the online image its own reality – a documentation of the world in image form, and ultimately a new form of reality?

In the third framework, Reviewing the Subject, there is a dialogue discussing the way digital culture is changing our construction of society, and the fashioning of our individual identities. The “selfie” has created a new genre of imagery. It has had a huge effect on how people present their own image to the world – it’s the first time in history people have had complete and utter control over how their own personas are perceived by others. Even though, people’s reactions to these images are not always predictable.

The biennial also features a number of events, including: the presentation of the Dazibao Prize, artists’ talks, a portfolio review session, workshops, and guided tours. MPM will conclude with a three-day conference, “À partir d’aujourd’hui … Reconsidering Photography,” in which nine invited scholars will give papers and form panels to discuss the theme and its associated issues. The biennial runs until October 11, 2015.

The Belgo Building will host four artists as part of the biennial:

Centre des Arts Actuels Skols
Christina Battle, “The people in this picture are standing on all that remained of a handsome residence.”

Galerie B-312
Liam Maloney, “Texting Syria”

Galerie Joyce Yahouda
Paul Wong, “Multiverse”

SBC Galerie d’Art Contemporain
Isabelle Le Minh, “Tous Décavés”

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Art after hours at the Soirée Belgo Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:28:51 +0000 La Soirée Belgo

Thursday September 24, 2015,  6 pm to 10 pm

The artist-run centres and the contemporary art galleries of the Belgo are pleased to announce a special event on Thursday, September 24: the Soirée Belgo.

This friendly gathering will allow the public to (re)discover, in a lively atmosphere, the dynamic nature of the Belgo. As an important centre for contemporary art for many years, the Belgo continues to be the only place in the city where many galleries and artist-run centres can be visited at a single address in the heart of Montreal’s downtown area.

Arprim, Centre d’essai en art imprimé, CIRCA art actuel, Galerie B-312, SBC Galerie d’art contemporain, Centre des arts actuels Skol, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, will be open until 8 pm every Thursday.
Galerie Dominique Bouffard and Laroche/Joncas will be open every Sunday throughout the fall.

Participating galleries

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, space 216
Roberto Pellegrinuzzi

Art45, espace 220
Cohen – Ruwedel – Grauerholz

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, space 308
L’image signée
Benoit Aquin, Alain Paiement, Jonathan Plante,
Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau (Séripop)

Centre des arts actuels SKOL, space 314
Les personnes sur cette photo sont sur les restes de ce qui était une jolie demeure 
Christina Battle
Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Invited curator: Joan Fontcuberta

Galerie B-312, space 403
Texting Syria — Messages textes pour la Syrie
Liam Maloney
Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Invited curator:: Joan Fontcuberta

Laroche/Joncas, space 410
Inhabited Likeness
Lesley Anderson

Visual Voice Gallery, space 421
15,000 Volts 
Melanie Hoff

Arprim, centre d’essai en art imprimé, space 426
Basé sur une histoire vraie, 2e partie
Tara Cooper & Terry O’Neill
Espace Magasin  Finalistes of Expozine 2014

Galerie POPOP, space 442
And Elsewhere
Lise Latreille et Krystel Marois

CIRCA art actuel, space 444
Galerie 1
A Modern Cult of Monuments / Colin Lyons
Galerie 2
Été, Paysages-Vêtements / Carole Baillargeon

SBC Galerie d’art contemporain, space 507
Tous décavés
Isabelle Le Minh
Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Galerie Dominique Bouffard, space 508
L’inquiète forêt
Stéphanie Morissette

Galerie Joyce Yahouda, space 516
Paul Wong
Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Galerie Trois Points, space 520
Ordinary Folk
Milutin Gubash

Les Territoires, space 527
Le Polygraphe
Curated by Myrabelle Charlebois and Safia Belmenouar

Galerie Donald Browne, space 528
Sara A. Tremblay

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Ciné-Arprim 2015 Thu, 14 May 2015 12:55:53 +0000 Ciné-Arprim 2015
May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m

Admission :
5$ (Member)  10 $ (Non-member)
*New membership and renewal available at the door.
Free popcorn ! / Cash bar

At 7:00 p.m, following the launch of the prints from À l’affiche, Arprim invite you to an evening of video projections. Like the first edition presented in 2013, Ciné-Arprim 2015 propose a selection of short videos using the language and means of printmaking.

Works of Jennifer Bélanger, Carol-Ann Belzil-Normand, Caroline Blais, Belinda Campbell, Annie Conceicao-Rivest, Marie Dauverné, Lalie Douglas, Emma Kate Guimond, Maia Iotzova, Jeannette Johns, Nathalie Leblanc, Judith Poirier, Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre, Suzie Smith, Payam Mofidi, Alison Moore & Arthur Desmarteaux, Megan Moore, Guillaume Vallée, Lysette Yoselevitz

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Conférence de Dominique Sirois-Rouleau à Circa Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:06:05 +0000 LE MYTHE DE LA DISPARITION DE L’OBJET
Conférence de Dominique Sirois-Rouleau

Le lundi 27 avril 2015 à 18 h

Cette conférence s’intéresse à la notion d’objet en arts visuels et, plus précisément, au mythe de sa disparition dans l’esthétique contemporaine. Elle examine les jeux de discours autour de l’objet et de sa disparition de manière à en dégager les principaux enjeux. En effet, malgré la diversité des approches disciplinaires et artistiques qu’elles visent, les théories de la dématérialisation partagent une même perspective sur l’avenir de l’objet dans les arts visuels : il serait destiné à disparaitre. Pourtant, encore aujourd’hui, le milieu de l’art regorge d’objets.

Notre hypothèse est que l’art n’a certainement pas signé la fin de l’objet, il en a plutôt troublé la définition traditionnelle. Cette conférence suggère donc de réévaluer la notion d’objet dans l’esthétique contemporaine en regard des bouleversements historiques et hors des présupposés de la dématérialisation de l’art. L’objectif de cette conférence est de préciser une approche de l’objet d’art qui tienne non seulement compte des ruptures du passé, mais aussi des innovations contemporaines. Ainsi, suite à l’exposé des enjeux de la dématérialisation, la démonstration des conditions de la persistance des objets sera organisée autour d’un corpus d’œuvres contemporaines. Il s’agit en fait d’examiner la réactualisation et l’interdisciplinarité des œuvres hors des réflexes théoriques de la disparition de l’objet afin d’expliquer les modalités d’existence de l’objet d’art contemporain.

(texte : Circa Art Actuel)
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Jackie Wang at SCB Gallery of Contemporary Art Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:57:40 +0000 Jackie Wang in conversation with cheyanne turions
April 24, 7pm – 9pm
Conversation, in English

The Oblique Cut: a writing workshop with Jackie Wang
April 25, 11am – 5pm
Workshop, in English and French
@ SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art

Jackie Wang in conversation with cheyanne turions
April 24, 7pm – 9pm

Departing from Jackie Wang’s text “Against Innocence; Race, Gender and the Politics of Safety,” Wang and turions will engage the audience in a discussion about the precision of language. Collectively, we will attempt to map how language works to obscure and deflect systemic exercises of power, envisioning tactics to use language more precisely, in order to reveal and dismantle. More

Those attending are encouraged to pre-read “Against Innocence,” which can be downloaded from LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism here.

The Oblique Cut: a writing workshop with Jackie Wang
April 25, 11am – 5pm

Free workshop. Participation is limited. To register, please contact SBC Gallery at

Drawing on Clarice Lispector’s Água Viva, Wang will lead a writing workshop that uses Lispector’s idea of the oblique cut as a way of communally exploring the relationship between trauma, the written word, the fleshy body and something Wang calls “the trauma monster.” Together, we will try to enact the cut that casts life as other.

These events are presented as part of Talk Show within SBC’s spring workshop and speaker series, supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Dominique Fontaine at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:03:30 +0000 Dominique Fontaine hosts
What Matters
with Livia Daza-Paris, Stéphane Martelly & Ronald Rose-Antoinette
@ SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
April 7, 6pm

In an attempt to understand what matters, what moves us, makes us dream and create, invited guests will question notions of citizenship, history, memory and the place and interest of art from a Montréal perspective.

What Matters is co-presented with articule as part of Dominique Fontaine’s year-long curatorial research residency, Scènes de la vie quotidienne à Montréal (on belonging and the politics of belonging), in 2015. This event is presented as part of Talk Show  at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. More.

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Les Entrepreneurs du Commun at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:41:48 +0000 Saturday, March 28, 2015, starting at 3pm

Les Entrepreneurs du Commun invite you to a lecture & discussion around Brian Massumi’s new publication, “The Power at the End of the Economy”.

Brian Massumi
“The Power at the End of the Economy”

Rational self-interest is often seen as being at the heart of liberal economic theory. In The Power at the End of the Economy Brian Massumi provides an alternative explanation, arguing that neoliberalism is grounded in complex interactions between the rational and the emotional. Offering a new theory of political economy that refuses the liberal prioritization of individual choice, Massumi emphasizes the means through which an individual’s affective tendencies resonate with those of others on infra-individual and transindividual levels. This nonconscious dimension of social and political events plays out in ways that defy the traditional equation between affect and the irrational. Massumi uses the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement as examples to show how transformative action that exceeds self-interest takes place. Drawing from David Hume, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Niklas Luhmann and the field of nonconsciousness studies, Massumi urges a rethinking of the relationship between rational choice and affect, arguing for a reassessment of the role of sympathy in political and economic affairs.

About The Author(s)
Brian Massumi is Professor of Communication at the University of Montreal. He is the author of several books, including What Animals Teach Us about Politics and Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation, both also published by Duke University Press.

(text: SBC Gallery)

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Soirée mexicaine à Arprim Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:28:26 +0000 Vendredi le 27 mars dès 17h30

Afin de célébrer le succès de l’exposition L’art imprimé : entre mixité et hybridité, présentée du 11 décembre 2014 au 8 mars 2015 au Museo Nacional de la Estampa à Mexico, Arprim réunit les artistes ayant participé à cette aventure pour une soirée festive où seront projetées des images de l’exposition et de leur expérience au Mexique. Le public est convié à participer à cette rencontre, animée par de la musique et un pot luck* à saveur mexicaine, et à échanger avec les artistes et les commissaires du projet.

L’art imprimé : entre mixité et hybridité revisitait l’univers de l’estampe pour en dévoiler les enjeux actuels. L’exposition montrait à quel point la place de l’imprimé dans l’art actuel a évolué au contact des nouvelles technologies et des autres disciplines artistiques telles les pratiques immersives, la sculpture, la vidéo, l’installation ou la performance. Les 10 artistes participants (Philippe Blanchard, Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret, Mathieu Matthew Conway, Pierre Durette, Jérôme Fortin, Fred Laforge, Manuela Lalic, Laurent Lamarche, Yannick Desranleau et Chloe Lum (Séripop), Lysette Yoselevitz) ont été sélectionnés par les commissaires Emilie Granjon et Lysette Yoselevitz pour leur intérêt envers l’imprimé, leur ouverture aux autres disciplines artistiques et leur vision audacieuse et multidisciplinaire.

 *Tous sont invités à contribuer au pot luck en apportant un plat de leur choix à partager.

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Rachel Echenberg, Johnny Forever Magdalena Nawracaj, Holly Timpener at Rats9 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:37:18 +0000 Performance: Thursday 19 March 2015, 7PM*
*Holly Timpener presents a durational piece from 4pm onwards culminating in an action at 7pm.

$10, personne ne sera refuser/ no one turned away

Rachel Echenberg (MTL)
Johnny Forever* Magdalena Nawracaj (MTL)
Holly Timpener (TO)
commissaire par/curated by Adriana Disman


Rachel Echenberg is a Montreal-based visual artist. Her performances explore the permeable boundaries between personal, social and political space.

Since 1993 her work has been exhibited, performed and screened across Canada as well as internationally in Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States.

Rachel Echenberg currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College in Montreal. She is a board member of VIVA! art action as well as Optica centre for contemporary art.

Johnny Forever* Magdalena Nawracaj is an multidisciplinary artist currently based in Montreal. They work in soft sculpture, video, and drag-inflected performance to create immersive environments and build mythic narrative. Their drag wraps itself around love, loss and longing with a particular investment in these themes as furtive in trans and queer storytelling.

Holly Timpener completed her studies in musical theatre in Toronto at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where she earned a certificate in the Triple Threat program.

After graduating, she became involved in interpretative dance, and began to seek out avenues other that theatre through which she could explore the performing arts. Through her work with performance artists Sylvie Tourangeau, Claude Wittman, Victoria Stanton, and Johannes Zitts, she found the medium she was looking for.

Holly has taken part in workshops with astounding performance artists all over Canada, and has had the pleasure of showing her work in Summerworks, Long Winter, the AGO, and the University of Toronto. She has performed in the Phantom Wing project, the M.S.T. and is preparing for a performative installation that she has been invited to create with Jack Bride at the Stride Gallery in Calgary.

(text: Rats 9)


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Atelier: Découverte de la littérature en langues des signes at Skol Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:13:59 +0000 DÉCOUVERTE DE LA LITTÉRATURE EN LANGUES DES SIGNES
4 ateliers

26 février — 12 mars — 26 mars — 9 avril 
de 18h à 21h, ouverts à tous, gratuits, pas d’inscription nécessaire.

February 26 — March 12 — March 26 — April 9 
from 6pm to 9pm, free and open to all. Just drop in!

English follows

Skol est heureux d’accueillir L’UPop Montréal et SPiLL.PROpagation pour la présentation de quatre ateliers de découverte de la création narrative en Langues des Signes.

L’UPop a déjà présenté, il y a deux ans, un cours d’introduction générale à la culture Sourde, à son histoire et à sa présence à Montréal. Cette fois, elle va plus loin en se penchant sur l’une des formes d’art les plus originales qui en émerge. Si vous êtes intéressé.es par les arts visuels et que vous n’avez pas encore découvert la littérature crée dans les différentes Langues des Signes, vous serez impressionné.es par une littérature qui est aussi un art de la scène, en dialogue avec les arts picturaux et le cinéma.

Quatre ateliers d’exploration en création sont également prévus, pour personnes maîtrisant la LSQ ou l’ASL seulement.

Les ateliers sont donnés en français et en Langues des Signes par Daz Saunders et Julie Chateauvert.

Pour plus d’information, visitez l’événement Facebook
ou contactez Stéphanie Chabot à

Crédit photo : Jolanta Lapiak. Spring Dawn,  impression photographique sur papier, 2010.


Introduction to Narrative Creations in Sign Languages

Skol is happy to host ‘UPop Montréal and SPiLL.PROpagation for the presentation of four workshops.

Two years ago, UPop Montréal presented an introductory class about Deaf culture, its history and presence in Montreal. This winter, it goes further by focussing on one of the most original art forms that emerged from that class.

If you are interested in visual arts but have yet to discover literary creations in various Sign Languages, you will be impressed by this form of literature which is also a form of theatre in dialogue with pictorial arts and cinema.

Please note that the workshops will be given in French and in Sign Language.

The worshops are given by Daz Saunders and Julie Chateauvert.

For more information, visit the Facebook event
or contact Stéphanie Chabot at

Photo credit: Jolanta Lapiak. Spring Dawn, photographic print on paper, 2010.

(text: Centre des arts actuels Skol)

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