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The main exhibition is centred on the tension between “the said” and “the unsaid” operating in the contemporary treatment of still and animated images. This group exhibition brings together the works of 23 artists who question in their own ways the porous frontier between reality and the fantasy of a reality, by exploring complex and diverse subjects such as identity, territory, history, and time.


Photo: Sara Cwynar, Display Stand, No. 66 WIRE H. 20 1/2 W. 24 D. 11 3/4, 2014 © Sara Cwynar



With the rapid development of new technologies, images – both still and moving – have become omnipresent in daily life. Lens-based images have invaded the web and social networks, those new forms of media that have made photography ubiquitous and granted it a prominent position in innumerable practices. The photographic image, initially intended to reproduce every last detail of reality, is manipulated at will. To that extent does the image, this documentation of daily life, convey reality? Is a photograph an objective framing of the world at a particular moment? Is it a symbol or a symptom of contemporary culture?

For the 2017 edition of MOMENTA, I intend to explore the concept of photographic evidence in all its guises. Although the camera sees better than the eye, it is the artist who, in the final analysis, imposes on the image of the world his or her own point of view, intuition, and even disenchantment. I want to examine the idea of the image as witness to the real, and draw attention to the fantastical and sublimated character of reality. My intention is therefore to encourage artists to expand the question of the veracity of the image and to invite viewers to take a critical stance toward the testimonial value of lens-based images; in a word, to ask ourselves What Does the Image Stand For?



Mircea Cantor (Romania)

Samuel Fosso (Cameroon)

Pascal Grandmaison (Canada)

Terrance Houle (Canada)  *also at Galerie de l'UQAM

Frédéric Lavoie (Canada)

Hanna Liden (Sweden)

Liu Yue (China)

Moshe Ninio (Israel)

J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria)

Joshua Petherick (Australia)  *also at Galerie de l'UQAM

Kim Waldron (Canada)

Galerie de l'UQAM

Adel Abdessemed (France)

Luis Arturo Aguirre (Mexico)

Seung Woo Back (Korea)

Yto Barrada (Morocco)

Dora Budor (Croatia)

Sara Cwynar (Canada)

LaToya Ruby Frazier (United States)  *also at VOX

Nelson Henricks (Canada)

Camille Henrot (France)

Risa Horowitz (Canada)

Boris Mitic (Serbia)

Nadia Myre (Canada)