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Programming

Programme éducatif public | Public Educational Program | 2019- 2020
from September 7th 2019 to July 13th 2020

Miguel Angel Ríos
from September 7th 2019 to October 19th 2019

Batia Suter
from September 7th 2019 to October 19th 2019

Les Samedis ensemble en familles |
Saturdays with the Family

from September 14th 2019 to October 19th 2019

Karen Tam
Artiste à l'école

from September 29th 2019 to January 31st 2020

Shannon Cochrane
from November 19th 2019 to December 14th 2019

Samedi ensemble en familles |
Saturday with the Family

from December 14th 2019 to December 14th 2019

Directrices du projet : Lynn Hughes, Marie-Josée Lafortune.
Auteurs : Lynne Bell, Joan Borsa, Tim Clark, Curtis J. Collins, Jean Dubois, Guy Sioui Durand, Vera Frenkel, Amy Gogarty, Nicole Jolicoeur, Johanne Lamoureux, Patrice Loubier, Mireille Perron, Christine Ross. Lynn Hugues, Marie-Josée Lafortune (préface).

le December 19th 2019

Claudia Bernal, Christine Brault, Constanza Camelo, Livia Daza-Paris, Maria Ezcurra, Helena Martin Franco, Giorgia Volpe
Commissaire | Curator | Curadora : Nuria Carton de Grammont

from January 18th 2020 to March 13th 2020

Samedi ensemble en familles |
Saturday with the Family

from January 25th 2020 to March 14th 2020

Maria Ezcurra
from February 29th 2020 to March 1st 2020

Helena Martin Franco
Artiste à l'école

from March 1st 2020 to May 30th 2020

Sayak Valencia
from March 12th 2020 to March 12th 2020

Nuria Carton de Grammont
from March 14th 2020 to March 14th 2020


from March 15th 2020 to March 15th 2020

Sandra Brewster
from September 12th 2020 to October 24th 2020




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Programme éducatif public 2019-2020, détail.
Graphisme : Tamzyn Berman, Pastille rose. | Public Education Program 2019-2020,
detail. Graphic design:
Tamzyn Berman, Pastille rose.

Programme éducatif public | Public Educational Program | 2019- 2020
from September 7th 2019 to July 13th 2020

OPTICA aims to be a site of proximity, discovery and experimentation in contemporary art for all audiences. We offer educational activities to childcare centres (CPE), primary and secondary schools, CEGEPs and universities as well as families and community groups.

To book an activity or to get more information on our educational programming, contact Sandrine Côté: mediation@optica.ca

CONSULTATION OF THE ANNUAL PROGRAMMATION_PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM_PDF (pdf)

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SATURDAYS WITH THE FAMILY
Free and open to all
For children aged 4 and older
The workshop is open to the whole family and will run continually+


-->MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image
The Life of Things, organized by curator María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson.

The Forgetten Stories of Objects!

Workshop around the work of Batia Suter
As part of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, OPTICA is presenting the work of artist Batia Suter: she collects, accumulates and classifies images she finds in photo albums, world atlases, illustrated encyclopedias, art and history books, animal magazines, and much more.
With family or friends, OPTICA invites you to play the artist's game during a creative workshop on image transfer. Come, in turn, to assemble, disassemble, arrange, disturb, rearrange and combine the images until a sensible imagination emerges from this chaos of found images.

September 14, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm
September 28, 2019 - 1 pm to 3 pm – Part of Journées de la culture
October 19, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm

-->Silent Dinner

Family Diner, Around the work of Shannon Cochrane

Following their visit, the young people will take part in a workshop inspired by month-long residency of Shannon Cochrane (Toronto) at OPTICA during which a series of performances will be presented with Deaf and hearing groups.

December 14, 20197 - 1 pm to 4 pm

-->Curatorship of Nuria Carton de Grammont: Un, dos, tres por mi y mis compañeras

On Your Mark, Get Set, Create!

Around the art works of seven women artists practices pioneers of Latin American performance.
January 25, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm
March 14, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm

-->Scott Benesiinaabandan : Carte blanche

Out Loud

Following their visit, the young people will take part in a workshop inspired by the works of Scott Benesiinaabandanpresented presented at OPTICA.

April 18, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm
June 13, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm

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CONTEMPORARY LABS, MONDAYS
DAYCARE CENTRES AND PRE-SCHOOL

Creative workshops and interactive tours
Duration: up to 1 hour and 15 min. (visit 30 min. + creative workshop 45 min.)
Contemporary Labs, Mondays
Free and by reservation only


In a friendly atmosphere, the littlest ones become acquainted with contemporary art by by learning to interact with the artwork and to share their observations in a group, the centre’s educator. They are then asked to create a work, often collectively, as a continuation of the reflection begun with the visit. This approach enables them to better understand and appropriate the artist’s creative process. Since 2015, we have welcomed more than 400 children to our gallery.

-->Around the work of Batia Suter
September 16, 23, and 30, 2019
October 7, 2019

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Around the performative work of Shannon Cochrane
November 18 and 25, 2019
December 2 and 9, 2019





 -->Around the work of the exhibition Un, dos, tres por mi y mis compañeras, curatorship of Nuria Carton de Grammont
January 27, 2020
February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020
March 2 and 9, 2020

-->Around the work of Scott Benesiinaabandan
April 16, 23 and 30, 2020
May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020
June 1 and 8, 2020

Special Interactive Tours – New!
For Elementary and High School Students (7-16 years)
Welcoming School Groups
For elementary and high school welcome classes, we provide an illustrated activities notebook during exhibition tours at the centre. The activities, adapted to this clientele, offer a different experience for learning French. During their visit, youngsters are encouraged to express themselves and to articulate their observations upon contact with the works in an atmosphere that promotes discovery and exploration.
Special Education Groups
Particular attention is given to the needs of special education students having learning difficulties, or suffering from autism spectrum disorder or a hearing impairment. These groups have the benefit of distinct activities and visual resources to accompany them in their artistic discoveries.


COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY GROUPS
Visites interactives et rencontres
Free and by reservation only 



Guided tours of current exhibitions are offered to college and university students. On request, we can organize discussions or round tables on various themes such as OPTICA's mission, the mandate of artist-run center or any other subject related to the current art. These meetings take place in the AGORA space of OPTICA.





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Miguel Angel Ríos, The Ghost of Modernity (Lixiviados), 2012, image tirée de la vidéo (détail) couleur, son, 5 min 4 s. | video still (detail), colour, sound, 5 min 4 s.
© Miguel Angel Ríos.



Miguel Angel Ríos
from September 7th 2019 to October 19th 2019
MOMENTA x OPTICA Miguel Angel Ríos: The Geopoetics of Things

Opening_ Friday, September 6, 2019 - 5PM to midnight
Family Saturdays: September 14 and October 19, 2019.

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image is proud to present its 16th edition, The Life of Things, organized by curator María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson. The biennale joins forces with OPTICA for the exhibition Miguel Angel Ríos: The Geopoetics of Things.

Miguel Angel Ríos makes works about the symbolic figure of “Latin America”. Exploring the metaphorical possibilities of objects, he focuses on representing the dynamics of territoriality and displacement through them. In the videos The Ghost of Modernity (Lixiviados) and Piedras Blancas, Ríos presents two works that probe the object’s transmissive power. Combining geometry and geography, they problematize modes of representation and contexts of migration by means of objects choreographically activated in the landscape. The videos reveal the profound disorder of a culture in which social, political, and economic crises follow each other with such intensity that chaos becomes normalized. Ríos asserts the need to be politicized, through a formal minimalism, giving substance to a “geopoetics” of things.

Momenta Time
Guided Tours of the exhibitions at OPTICA
No Booking Required
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3:30 pm to 5 pm in French
Friday, October 4, 2019, 12 pm to 1 pm in French and English

PRESS RELEASE (pdf)

PRESS REVIEW

BEHA, Claire-Marine. « 25 expositions d'art visuel pour accueillir la rentrée », Le Baron, September 2nd, 2019.



Miguel Angel Ríos: born in 1943, Catamarca, Argentina
Lives in Mexico City, Mexico / New York, United States

Exhibitions / projections Solo:

Landlocked, Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg (2019); Miguel Angel Ríos: Torn to Shreds, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Gallery, Houston (2019); Miguel Angel Ríos: On the Edge, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2019); Miguel Angel Ríos: A Morir (To the Death), Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill (2017); Miguel Angel Ríos: Acirema, No es agua Ni Arena la Orilla del Mar, espaivisor – Galería Visor, Valencia (2017); Landlocked, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (2015); Endless, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Gallery, Houston, (2015).

Group:
Creatures: When Species Meet, Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (2019); Land of the Lustrous, UCCA Dune, Qinhuangdao (2019); Lubricated Language, AKINCI, Amsterdam (2019); Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2019); Broken Lines, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco (2018); Portrait, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Gallery, Houston (2018); Linee di forza + varie sensazioni, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo (2018); Truth or Dare: A Reality Show, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville and Cincinnati (2017–19); Home—So Different, So Appealing, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2017).

Represented by Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Gallery (Houston)

sicardi.com/artists/miguel-angel-rios



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Batia Suter, Radial Grammar, 2018,
épreuve au jet d’encre, dimensions variables |
inkjet print, variable dimensions.
© Batia Suter.



Batia Suter
from September 7th 2019 to October 19th 2019
MOMENTA x OPTICA Batia Suter: Radial Grammar

Opening_Friday, September 6, 2019 - 5PM to midnight
Family Saturdays: September 14 and October 19, 2019.

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image is proud to present its 16th edition, The Life of Things, organized by curator María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson. The biennale joins forces with OPTICA and LE BAL (Paris) for the exhibition Batia Suter: Radial Grammar.

Batia Suter collects images from various sources, recontextualizing them as photo animations, sequences, and collages in site-specific installations. In the installation Radial Grammar, Suter combines printed and projected images portraying objects of all sorts—some clearly identifiable and others rather ambiguous. Whether caused by a slight discrepancy, an unusual arrangement, the absence of colour, or a muted style, a sense of uncertainty emanates from the photographs in the gallery, which becomes an immersive atlas, its walls covered with large-format prints. Images are given multiple meanings and connotations so that the content of the representations is both eclectic and coherent. Suter formulates a new syntax of the image: the interplay of association and correspondence forms a visual language.

An exhibition produced in collaboration with LE BAL (Paris), thanks to the financial support of the Mondriaan Fund.


Momenta Time
Guided Tours of the exhibitions at OPTICA
No Booking Required
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3:30 pm to 5 pm in French
Friday, October 4, 2019, 12 pm to 1 pm in French and English

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE (pdf)

PRESS REVIEW

BEHA, Claire-Marine. « 25 expositions d'art visuel pour accueillir la rentrée », Le Baron, September 2nd, 2019.



Batia Suter: born in 1967, Bülach, Switzerland.
Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.br>
Exhibitions/projections Solo:
Radial Grammar, LE BAL, Paris (2018); Sole Summary, Centre culturel suisse, Paris (2018); Nature Grammar, Gare de Paris-Montparnasse, Paris (2018); Sea of Ice, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); 25x25x25/, LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster (2014).

Group: des attentions, Le centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry—le Crédac, Paris (2019); Parallel Encyclopedia Extended, Polygon Gallery, Vancouver (2018); Swiss Art Awards, Bundesamt für Kultur, Art Basel, Basel (2018); Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2018); Rendez-vous met Frans Hals, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2018); Some Things Hidden, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2018); Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, Graham Foundation, Chicago (2017); À l’antique, Musée des Antiquités, Rouen (2017); Les Nouveaux Encyclopédistes, Fotographia Europea, Reggio Emilia (2017).

batiasuter.org




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Planche illustrée : Arthropodes

Les Samedis ensemble en familles |
Saturdays with the Family

from September 14th 2019 to October 19th 2019

As part of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, OPTICA is presenting the work of artist Batia Suter: she collects, accumulates and classifies images she finds in photo albums, world atlases, illustrated encyclopedias, art and history books, animal magazines, and much more.
With family or friends, OPTICA invites you to play the artist's game during a creative workshop on image transfer. Come, in turn, to assemble, disassemble, arrange, disturb, rearrange and combine the images until a sensible imagination emerges from this chaos of found images.

Practical Information
September 14, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm
September 28, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm – Part of Journées de la culture
October 19, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm

The workshop is open to the whole family and will run continually. Feel free to join in at any time.
Free | No reservation required
For children aged 4 and older
Duration: up to 1 hour and 15 min.

For more information, please contact Sandrine Côté: mediation@optica.ca




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Karen Tam et élèves de 2e cycle
du primaire de l'école Saint-Arsène, Vases. | Vases en papier mâcher.
| Paper chew vases. Crédit Photo : Sandrine Côté


Karen Tam
Artiste à l'école

from September 29th 2019 to January 31st 2020
Exhibition of students in the second cycle of primary school at Saint-Arsène school, around the work of Karen Tam

As part of the Artist at School program developed since 2014 by the OPTICA center, artist Karen Tam developed a series of workshops with students of second cycle of primary elementary school from Saint-Arsène school.

Next February 14 will be the opening of the students exhibition at Saint-Arsène Elementary School.

OPTICA would like to thank the staff and students of Saint-Arsène Elementary School.

To get more information on our educational programming, contact Sandrine Côté: mediation@optica.ca




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Shannon Cochrane, Silent Dinner, 2015, FADO Performance Art Centre/Progress Festival The Theatre Centre, Toronto. © Henry Chan

Shannon Cochrane
from November 19th 2019 to December 14th 2019
Silent Dinner

Residency of Shannon Cochrane
November 19 - December 14, 2019
Video Documentation (2015) in gallery
From November 19 to December 13, 2019

Performance Saturday, December 14 from 12 pm to 7 pm, followed by a Q&A period. Note that there will be ASL and LSQ interpreters at the gallery all day during the performance.
Event here

VLOG HERE/ASL

Saturday with the Family: December 14, 2019, 12 pm to 4 pm

Vocabulary is to language as ingredients are to a recipe: how to cook a silent dinner

I have a recurring dream in which I take a job as a server in a café. My first day gets off to a good start until my section starts to fill up with customers. I write down my first order before I remember that I don’t know where the kitchen is. I start to search, opening every door and running through labyrinthine hallways. At each turn, I end up right where I started. The habit of movement. I beg every member of staff I meet to tell me where the kitchen is and even though I follow every pointed finger, I’m still lost. If this wasn’t already bad enough, each time I emerge into the main dining room, my section has grown. More and more tables, full of customers waiting to be served. I attempt to take all the orders at once but I can’t hear anything. It’s though people are talking to me from far away, from the other side of a long tunnel, their voices becoming more and more faint. I read once that every sentence any one has ever uttered has already been said. There is no combination of words that is wholly unique. The deep groove of language, like a broken record. Suddenly, I realize that everyone in the café is speaking a different language, each one their own broken record, and I wake up.

For Silent Dinner, the gallery is transformed into a working kitchen. Over the course of seven hours, a group of people prepare, cook and eat a meal together. Throughout the performance, each one is engaged in the task of resisting their languages of origin. Here, in the space of the performance, language is intentionally deprioritized as a strategy to make visible communication and negotiation as an embodied practice. Our dinner table becomes the meeting place for the intersection of culture and language (hearing and Deaf culture, English and French, ASL and LSQ) and the invitation is to sit, however uneasily, with the tensions between them.

Silent Dinner is collectively created by Shannon Cochrane, Martin Bélanger, Sylvain Gélinas, Mathew Kuntz, Mathieu Lacroix, Lamathilde, kimura byol-nathalie lemoine, Jennifer Manning, Marie-Pierre Petit and Hodan Youssouf.

As a group, we are a mix of artists, performers, actors, filmmakers, magicians, artist-run culture geeks, curators, archivists, organizers, event planners, teachers, activists, queers, feminists, moms, all-gendered, refugees, immigrants, settlers, English, French, hearing and Deaf. Nine Montrealers and a Torontoian.

Shannon Cochrane

Performers:
Martin Bélanger has been active on the professional art scene since 1992. His approach is characterized by a broadened practice. As a performer, actor, collaborator, counselor, and choreo-grapher, he takes part in projects that range from experimental theater to contemporary dance, including the interdisciplinary, He completed a bachelor degree at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1997. His work has been presented throughout Canada as well as in New York City, Berlin, Geneva, Bergen (Norway), Helsinki, France and Japan. Parallel to his own creations, he collaborated with Jacob Wren, Benoît Lachambre, Carole Nadeau, kondition pluriel, Line Nault, Isabelle Schad, Michael Toppings, Epsilon Lab et Oli Sorenson. A lot of these engagements led to national and international touring. In 2004, he founded his company Productions Laps. He has been commissioned by several institutions such as Montréal Danse, LADMMI l'école de danse contemporaine, the School of Dance of Ottawa, Dancemakers, and by several independent artists such as Peter Trosztmer, Sarah Williams and Ève Garnier. He directed creative workshops with Le Groupe dance Lab, Studio 303 and at La B.A.R.N. (10 Gates Dancing, Tedd Robinson). He has been a program officer for the Canada Council for the Arts from 2013 to 2016 and now works at DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse in administration.

Sylvain Gélinas is deaf and has Usher syndrome. Born in Senneterre (Abitibi), he holds a college diploma (AEC) in communications with a specialization in cinema from Collège Rosemont. He studied French at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Gélinas has produced short, medium, and feature-length films and continues to develop his creative talents in “cinéma sourd” (deaf cinema) with his team. He has won important awards, which enabled him to launch his production company, Cinéall, in 1999, wich offers production services in alternate LSQ and ASL formats. These adaptations on video and DVD media aim to transpose content expressed in a spoken or written language into a visual language more accessible to the deaf.

Mathew Kuntz was born in Alberta and is currently living in Montreal with his marvellous beau. He is a multidisciplinary talent working as an actor, singer, writer, event planner and educator. He is an active animator and supporter of Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities across Canada through the development a variety of creative projects.

Mathieu Lacroix lives and works in Montreal. He has a Bachelor’s in visual arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2003, he has participated in several group exhibitions in artists’ centres and cultural events in Quebec. A member of the Pic-nique collective, Lacroix draws inspiration from recycling and incorporates cheap materials into his works. The cardboard box serves as both primary motif and as critique of consumer society in his multidisciplinary practice, which includes installations, drawing, photography, and performance.

Lamathilde is video/sound/performance artist. Sound is at the core of her practice investigating sexuality and gender. Lamathilde has founded lesbian artist collectives, a women’s work co-op and hosted her own radio shows. She is an avid collaborator, working with WWKA performance collective, Coral Short and many sound artists. Since 1999 Her work has been shown in many galleries and international festivals.

kimura byol-nathalie lemoine is a conceptual multimedia feminist artist whose work addresses identity through diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration and gender. kimura*lemoine is an activist archivist, currently working with ACA (Adoptees Cultural Archives), documenting adoptee’s cultural history through media and arts.

Born in Quebec and deaf by birth, Jennifer Manning has always been very active in the deaf community, both in Quebec and in Western Canadian, where she lived for 10 years. Her passion for the theatre began when she was very young. She was recently part of the cast in a Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. She wrote short plays for deaf audiences at the Centre des Loisirs des Sourds de Montréal and has performed as an LSQ actor for the Guerilla Girls. Since the summer of 2019, she has begun translating songs in LSQ and ASL with the L-Expression performance troupe.

Marie-Pierre Petit was introduced to magic and the performing arts at eight years of age. She created her character, Clown Pafolie, alongside her father’s, the clown Pafou. They performed in several shows together. The day Pafou retired, Marie-Pierre (Pafolie) continued solo by presenting shows that were as brilliantly magical and fun. She then trained as a clown and took part in many events in collaboration with well-known organizations in the deaf community as well as for hearing audiences during awareness-raising activities.

Born in Somalia, Hodan Youssouf has been deaf since childhood. She immigrated to Canada in 1989 after a passage in France as a refugee with her brothers and sisters. Youssouf is now very active in the deaf community in Montreal. Working as an aid to deaf students at Gadbois elementary school since 2010, she also collaborates with Cinéall, an organization that strives to find innovative communications solutions between the deaf and hearing communities. With an interest in theatre, she also took part in the ASL adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in Toronto. Youssouf is a socially engaged poet and actress and has been involved in a slew of projects over the years, both in Quebec and abroad.

Interpreters:
Martin Boucher (ASL/LSQ, TraduSigne)
Brigitte Giguère (LSQ, SIVET)
Jordan Mark Goldman (ASL)
Stéphanie Lamy-Therrien (ASL/LSQ, TraduSigne)
Mathieu Larivière (ASL/LSQ, TraduSigne)
Lina Ouellet (LSQ, SIVET)
Jennifer Roberts (ASL)
Sandra Saoumaa (ASL)


OPTICA has received the support of Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Fondation des Sourds du Québec and would like to thank intern Dominique Robb, the Vidéographe center and VIVA! Art Action.

PRESS RELEASE (pdf)


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Shannon Cochrane is a Toronto-based performance artist. Her work has been presented in museums, galleries and festivals across Canada and in over eighteen countries around the world. She is the Director of FADO Performance Art Centre and is a founding member and organizer of the 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art. Shannon’s practice is focused on manifesting/illustrating/wrestling with the tension between strategy and process; context and perception; and authorship and repetition.




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Claudia Goulet-Blais, Souper de famille, 2019, objet sculptural, pâte à modeler. | sculptural object, modelling clay.

Samedi ensemble en familles |
Saturday with the Family

from December 14th 2019 to December 14th 2019
Family Dinner, around the art of Shannon Cochrane!

Shannon Cochrane, a Toronto artist whose artistic practice is primarily based on performance art, will present Silent Dinner at OPTICA from 12pm to 7pm. This performance, a silent meal preparation in front of the public, is a collaboration between a group of Deaf and hearing artists and performers.

From 1pm to 4pm, during the presentation, young people and their families are invited to take part in the Family Dinner creative workshop at OPTICA. Come personalize your clay, play, create and have fun with it while being inspired by the gestures observed during the performance. We look forward to cooking with you!

Practical Information
December 14, 2019 - 1 pm to 4 pm
Welcome to children who express themselves in sign language and hearing impaired children. ASL and LSQ interpreters at the gallery all day during the day.

The workshop is open to the whole family and will run continually. Feel free to join in at any time.
Free | No reservation required
For children aged 4 and older
Duration: up to 4 hours.

For more information, please contact Sandrine Côté: mediation@optica.ca




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Directrices du projet : Lynn Hughes, Marie-Josée Lafortune.
Auteurs : Lynne Bell, Joan Borsa, Tim Clark, Curtis J. Collins, Jean Dubois, Guy Sioui Durand, Vera Frenkel, Amy Gogarty, Nicole Jolicoeur, Johanne Lamoureux, Patrice Loubier, Mireille Perron, Christine Ross. Lynn Hugues, Marie-Josée Lafortune (préface).

December 19th 2019

Published in 2001 by OPTICA, centre d'art contemporain, the book Creative Con/Fusions : Interdisciplinary Practices in Contemporary Art is now available in its entirety in a digital version. It will also be possible to consult it in the collections of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and e-artexte. The volume addresses questions about the multidisciplinary approach that remain current and that over the years have become more assertive.

Penser l’indiscipline : recherches interdisciplinaires en art contemporain_Digital Version_(pdf)

Creative Con/Fusions : Interdisciplinary Practices in Contemporary Art looks at interdisciplinary theory and practice in contemporary art with a particular, but not an exclusive, focus on contemporary practices in Québec and Canada. The thirteen authors – artists, teachers, curators, theoreticians, and historians – elaborate critical definitions and reflections that are both historical and personal. The importance of performance and video artforms in relation to the emergence of interdisciplinary critical thinking, the contribution of feminist, post-colonial and other theories that address marginality and hybridity, the creation of provocative, inclusive teaching models, the stimulus provided by a host of new technologies, fresh activist art practices, the challenge of independent curating, etc. – these elements all act as release mechanisms for a re-evaluation of the idea of interdisciplinarity as it applies to current practices in and around art.




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Claudia Bernal, Portraits performatifs / Retratos performativos, 2019, impression numérique, 121 x 200 cm. | Digital Print. Avec l'aimable permission de l'artiste | Courtesy of the artist.

Claudia Bernal, Christine Brault, Constanza Camelo, Livia Daza-Paris, Maria Ezcurra, Helena Martin Franco, Giorgia Volpe
Commissaire | Curator | Curadora : Nuria Carton de Grammont

from January 18th 2020 to March 13th 2020
Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras

Opening: January 18,2020 3pm to 6pm
Performance from Christine Brault
ApareSer (AparÊtre), 2019-2020, January 18, 2020 at 4 pm, duration of 1 hour 30

Saturdays with the Family: January 25 and March 14, 2020
Curator Guided Tour: March 14,2020 3PM

This exhibition takes a collective look at pioneering female Latino Quebec performance artists in Montreal, from the 1980s to the present. The artists making up this exhibition have developed a cross-border practice by finding spaces of recognition and social connection between Canada and Latin America; in particular, they amplify existing relationships and affinities between the various latinate communities on the continent at the turn of the century.

A singularity marking their actions revolves around the poetics of displacement inherent to the experience of migration: they make visible the tensions between political violence and gender identity, colonialism and discrimination, the expectations and the demands of effective integration in the host society. Performance here represents a symbolic field of action for addressing stereotypes and folklorized identities. Whether present or absent, the body is the point of departure of an intersectional feminism that challenges hegemonic cultural ethnocentrism. Taken together, these varied, geographically dispersed gestures reconstitute both individual and collective memory of North-South diaspora history.

For Constanza Camelo, performative action maintains an intrinsic affinity with the notion of exile, which, inspired by Tzvetan Todorov’s L’homme dépaysé, she understands as “circumstantial displacements.” Beyond the the rupture, the displaced body can offer an opportunity for self-discovery while also providing the experience of encounter with others, which Camelo puts into action in her public interventions.

At the crossroads of theatre, literature, video, installation and performance, Claudia Bernal embodies the position of historically colonized and racialized women. The performance becomes the locus of reception for various forms of resistance permeated by power relationships and armed conflicts, notably in Colombia. In a postcolonial iconographic turn, her work proposes to disarticulate the prevailing narratives through the emancipation of the woman’s body.

For several years, Christine Brault has engaged in a cross-border performative practice that is materialized in the recognition and evocation of certain historical events associated with human rights violations, the subjugation of indigenous people, gender violence, and femicides. Through testimonies and lived experiences, her work becomes part of a broader reflection on the importance of memory as a social fact that must be circulated and shared to be activated.

Emerging from contemporary dance scene, Livia Daza-Paris has undertaken a vast research project that addresses an absence, in mourning and ritual, on the disappearance of her father Iván Daza, a student leader belonging to the communist brigades who was captured by the armed forces in Venezuela in the post-dictatorship context of the late 1960s. “Poetics Forensics” is a procedure for the collection and examination of lived experience, composed of personal and institutional archives and of testimonials that present an unofficial reality of the history of the Latin American diaspora, conveyed through various sources.

Giorgia Volpe’s research also feeds on memories, stories, and experiences that take on the breadth of collective ritual and participatory action. Waste, surplus, and refuse are the materials of an aesthetic that develops on contact and turns sensory exploration into an intercultural demand in contemporary society. Memory is here the organic consequence of the collective body.

Maria Ezcurra’s work tackles the violent tensions masked by social stereotypes of the body. The garment, second skin and emblem of identity, addresses the gender violence imposed by stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. Nylon tights, symbol of the modern liberated woman, soft and translucent material, serve to reflect on the contradictions of eroticism, mass production, and the femicides in Ciudad Juarez.

Chameleon-woman, spider-woman, and elephant-woman, b>Helena Martin Franco shatters conformist molds of identity and gender. Through her self-referential fictions, she puts different faces on the individual and collective vulnerability imposed by the migration experience. Popular culture, new technologies, religious practices, and capitalist hyper-consumerism mingle humourously in her self-fictions.

Beyond origins and nationalisms, Latino-Canadian art presents itself as a new, complex, and heterogeneous intercultural subjectivity that calls into question politically correct discourses on so-called “diversity.” However, little research has been conducted toward an understanding of these practices taken collectively, as a hemispheric movement as such, for instance, with its own aesthetic, semantic, and conceptual issues. In this context, this exhibition is intended as a historiographical endeavour to recognize the contribution of these practices to the development of contemporary art in Quebec, in Canada, and globally.

Translator: Ron Ross

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PRESS REVIEW

BÉDARD, Camille. « Pour mes camarades et moi : Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras », Vies des arts, n° 258, Spring 2020, p. 165-168.

DELGADO, Jérôme. «Contes et combats latino-américains dans les galeries », Le Devoir, 11 janvier 2020.

Simone de Beauvoir Institute
4TH SPACE




Nuria Carton de Grammont is an art historian, curator and lecturer at Concordia University, specializing in contemporary Latin American and Latin Canadian art. She is particularly interested in the territorial production of cultural identities through cross-border artistic practices between Latin America and North America.




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Démonstration de sable coloré, 2020. Crédit photo : Claudia Goulet-Blais

Samedi ensemble en familles |
Saturday with the Family

from January 25th 2020 to March 14th 2020
Around the exhibition of Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras

OPTICA invites you on Saturdays January 25 and March 14, 2020, to come and share with your family a short moment or a full afternoon of art and creation. In the company of the centre's educators, you will discover the exhibition Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras. Afterwards, you are inviting you to come and participate in a creative workshop on "sand art". Come experiment and create with coloured sand while being inspired by the exhibition.

Practical Information
January 25, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm
March 14, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm

The workshop is open to the whole family and will run continually. Feel free to join in at any time.

Free | No reservation required

For children aged 4 and older

For more information, please contact Sandrine Côté: mediation@optica.ca




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Maria Ezcurra
from February 29th 2020 to March 1st 2020
Nuit Blanche: DIY Pins, keychains and masks with Maria Ezcurra

As part of the Nuit Blanche 2020, OPTICA offers a series of activities!

Programme

6PM_Opening of the doors
Come and discover the Un, dos, tres por mí y mis compañeras exhibition, curated by Nuria Carton de Grammont, presenting the work of pioneer female Latino Quebec performance artists.

7PM - 8PM_In Latin America Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras refers to the Hide and Seek game. In a fun atmosphere, come play and create with artist Maria Ezcurra. The programming includes masks making workshop with recycled materials. Hot chocolate will also be served! The workshop is intended for age 4 to 14.

8PM - 9PM_Presentation by artist Maria Ezcurra. She will discuss her artwork Ni una más as part of the Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras exhibition. Using this specific installation as a starting point, she will also present a series of works made from pantyhose. In English with translation.

9PM - 1AM_Join us with your friends and family to create socially engaged pins and keychains from recycled plastic. Hot chocolate, tea and cookies will be served and you are invited to create for as long as you wish until 1:00 am!

nuitblanche


Born in Argentina, Maria Ezcurra was raised in Mexico. Having studied Visual Arts at the National School of Fine Arts (ENAP) in Mexico, she pursued graduate studies at the Chelsea College of Art & Design (London, UK) and at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2010 she moved to Montreal, where she concluded a PhD in Art Education at Concordia University. A recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts Award and the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship, Maria Ezcurra is also a member of the National System of Art Creators (SNCA) in Mexico. She has participated in more than sixty group and fifteen individual exhibits in Europe, Australia, Latin and North America. She has taught art in a number of universities and schools in Mexico and Canada over the past fifteen, and was the first Artists-in-Residence working at the Faculty of Education, in McGill University. Currently, Ezcurra lives between Mexico City and Montreal.





Helena Martin Franco
Artiste à l'école

from March 1st 2020 to May 30th 2020

This winter, a group of Secondary 4th, students from Le Vitrail, an alternative school located in Rosemont La-Petite-Patrie, will participate in a series of creative workshops with artist Helena Martin Franco as part of the Artist at school.

Over the weeks, the youngsters will explore the fictional possibilities of the performance thanks to an alter ego that they will create while being inspired by the singular character of Fritta Caro. After some exercises suggested by the artist to familiarize themselves with the performative medium, the students will design and carry out performative actions which they will document using their mobile phone.




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Image trouvée dans l'Internet | Found image in the Internet.


Sayak Valencia
from March 12th 2020 to March 12th 2020
Lecture: The Body and Violence as Mass Media Language in Gore Capitalism

A lo largo de esta presentación, Sayak Valencia definirá el capitalismo gore y hablará de cómo se convierte en política snuff en las regiones fronterizas. Utilizará ejemplos de la manera en que los dispositivos audiovisuales y las redes sociales virtuales desafían y remodelan el régimen de la verdad, produciendo una subjetividad biohipermediatizada. De igual manera, examinará las formas en que el cuerpo contemporáneo se ha convertido en una plataforma para la producción de un nuevo lugar común difundido por los medios de comunicación, lo cual provoca cambios marcados en la subjetividad. Valencia analizará las tendencias, las modas, las apropiaciones culturales y corporales que se vuelven virales y que se cristalizan en cuerpos diversos, demostrando al mismo tiempo la influencia de las redes virtuales en la construcción del mundo material.

Este evento ha sido organizado por 4TH SPACE y se presenta en colaboración con OPTICA Centre d'Art Contemporain, en el marco de la exposición Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras
comisionada por Nuria Carton de Grammont
 en conjunto con el Instituto Simone de Beauvoir y el Acts of Listening Lab.



During this presentation, Sayak Valencia will discuss what Gore Capitalism is and how it becomes Snuff politics in the borderlands. She will use examples of the ways that audiovisual devices and virtual social networks challenge and reshape the regime of truth, producing a bio-hyper-mediated subjectivity. She will also consider the ways that the contemporary body has become a platform for the production of a new media-disseminated common sense, leading to marked changes in subjectivity. Valencia will analyze trends, fashions, cultural appropriations, and corporeal appropriations that go viral and crystallize in diverse bodies and demonstrate the influence of virtual networks in the construction of the material world.

Organised by OPTICA and 4TH SPACE in partenarship with l'Institut Simone de Beauvoir

The communication will be lead in English. A question and answer session will be held in Spanish and English.

Practical Informations

March 12, 2020_4 to 6 PM
Concordia University, 4TH SPACE, J.W. McConnell Building
1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve West, SGW campus
LB 103

Free Admission

In partnership with Dr Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro,
Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance,
Director Acts of Listening Lab, Concordia University


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PRESS REVIEW

Broadcast
Esther Bourdages (OPTICA) interviewed by Juan-Carlos Quintana, show: Listening To Latin Ameri- ca, March 6, 2020, Montreal, CKUT radio, 90.3 FM, www.ckut.ca



Sayak Valencia (Tijuana, Mexico) is currently Professor and Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a CONACYT research center. She has a doctorate in feminist criticism, theory and philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a poet, essayist and performance artist. She has studied with Judith Butler, Judith Halberstam, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Beatriz Preciado and Montserrat Galcerán Huguet. She has given lectures and seminars on gore capitalism, transfeminisms, Chicano feminism, postcolonial feminism, art and queer theory in various universities in Europe, Latin America and the United States. She has published the books: Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e) /MIT, 2018), Capitalismo Gore (Paidós, 2016 and Melusina, 2010), Adrift's Book (Aristas Martínez, 2012), El reverso exacto del texto (Centaurea Nigra Ediciones, 2007), as well as diverse academic articles, essays and poems in magazines of Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, and the United States of America.




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Crédit photographique | Credit : Arcpixel



Nuria Carton de Grammont
from March 14th 2020 to March 14th 2020
***CANCELLATION***Guided Tour with the curator, 3 - 4 PM

As part of the exhibition Un dos tres por mí y mis compañeras, there will be a guided tour by the curator of the exhibition Nuria Carton de Grammont.

Please note that the communication will be in French. Translation into English and Spanish available.

Welcome Everybody!

The curator will address issues concerning the practice of pioneering Latin-Quebec performance artists active in Montreal gathered in this exhibition. They ″make visible the tensions between political violence and gender identity, colonialism and discrimination, the expectations and the demands of effective integration in the host society. Performance here represents a symbolic field of action for addressing stereotypes and folklorized identities.”
N. Carton de Grammont








from March 15th 2020 to March 15th 2020
**IMPORTANT_News Updated**

In the current context, regarding COVID-19, we are following the recommendations of Santé publique du Québec. In order to protect our visitors and our team, OPTICA is close until further notice. We will keep you informed through the social medias.

We regret to interrupt the exhibition Un dos tres por mí y mis y compañeras. Thank you to the artists, the curator and all the visitors.

The OPTICA Team




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Sandra Brewster, Untitled (Blur), 2017 – 2019.
Détail, photographie transférée sur papier archive à l’aide d’un gel acrylique, 96 photographies,
25, 4 x 17,78 cm.
Avec l’aimable permission de Sandra Brewster et Georgia Scherman Projects. |
Untitled (Blur), 2017 - 2019. Detail, Photo-based gel transfer on archival paper, 96 photographes,
25, 4 x 17,78 cm.
Courtesy Sandra Brewster and Georgia Scherman Projects


Sandra Brewster
from September 12th 2020 to October 24th 2020
Solo exhibition of the Toronto artist Sandra Brewster.

More information to come soon.



Sandra Brewster is a visual artist based in Toronto. Her work explores identity, representation and memory, centring Black presence. The daughter of Guyanese born parents, she is especially attuned to the experiences of people of Caribbean heritage and their ongoing relationships with back home.

Brewster’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Art Gallery of Guelph, Or Gallery in Vancouver, YYZ Artists’ Outlet in Toronto, and A Space Gallery in Toronto and in group exhibitions including Mamuzic Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Arsenal Habana in Cuba, Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria, Musée des beaux arts in Montreal, Art Gallery of Windsor, and Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Brewster’s exhibition It’s all a blur… received the Gattuso Prize for outstanding featured exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival 2017. She is the 2018 recipient of the Artist Prize from Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts and is a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Brewster holds a Masters of Visual Studies from University of Toronto and a BFA from York University. She is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.