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From June 7th 2005 to June 10th 2005
Artexte invite Documents d’artistes chez OPTICA

Artexte Information Centre was established in 1980 to collect and disseminate information on all aspects of contemporary visual art. To provide access to the fruits of the intense activity in contemporary art, and to let these resources play out fully in relation to current critical thought on artistic creation, Artexte has developed three complementary modes of intervention: research, documentation and publishing. [www.artexte.ca]

Documents d'artistes was set up in 1999 by Christine Finizio and Marceline Matheron. Olivier Baudevin joined them the following year. Marine Quiniou is a regular contributor. Christine and Marceline coordinate Documents d'artistes, build up its collection of documents and see to their dissemination. Olivier and Marine, who work as webmasters, put together the information packages on artists and maintain the organization’s web site [documentsdartistes.org], which has already been online for five years. In January 2005, a documentation centre opened at the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseilles. Sandrine Raquin lives and works in Marseilles. Her body of work, which comprises drawings, paintings, photographs and videos, could be compared to the output of a small industry that keeps breaking records and going into the most surprising corners of daily life in a search for meanings and relations that fall outside those normally encountered in the world. Raquin is also the driving force behind the creation of the association Astérides, which was set up in 1992.

This special activity is made possible with the support of Optica, the France-Québec convention, and by the participation of the Association française d'action artistique (AFAA), the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the DRAC.

Exhibition and consultation


Open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the presence of the coordinators of the Marseilles-based art documentation centre Documents d’artistes

Talks

June 08, 2005 - 5:30 PM
Jean-Claude Rochefort on the production of print and multimedia documents on the work of Raymonde April

June 09, 2005 - 5:30 PM
Presentation devoted to Documents d'artistes and its guest artist, Sandrine Raquin

June 10, 2005 - 5:30 PM
Marie Fraser on questions of exhibition research and curatorship



Jean-Claude Rochefort operated a gallery from 1986 to 1999. As an art critic, he has contributed to the newspaper Le Devoir (2001-2004) and the magazine Spirale. Since September 2004, he has served as the curator of bifurcation, a travelling exhibition of the work of Raymonde April, winner of the 2003 Paul-Émile Borduas Prize. He also recently designed a virtual tour of April’s work for Vox, a centre in Montreal devoted to contemporary images. Rochefort holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in art study and practice from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). He is presently at work setting up the Centre Art, Nature et Paysage in Saint-Hilarion-de-Charlevoix.

In recent years, art historian and independent curator Marie Fraser has developed an interest in the question of narrative and urban experience, and has dealt with the concepts of public and private space, identity, memory and community, among others. As an independent curator, she has organized numerous exhibitions in public spaces. These include "La demeure" (2002), "Gestes d’artistes / Artists’ Gestures" (2001) et "Sur l’expérience de la ville/On Experiencing the City" (1997) for Optica. She curated the exhibition "Le ludique" (2001), shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Lille Métropole, France, in 2003. She is currently preparing an exhibition entitled "raconte-moi / tell me", to be presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and at the Casino Luxembourg—Forum d’art contemporain