Biennale de l’image

An international contemporary art biennale devoted to the image.

The biennale takes place every two years since 1989. Its activities include exhibitions, public events, educational programs, artistic and social collaborations, and more. 

An exceptional rendezvous in Montréal’s most important museums, galleries and artist-run centres. 

Sensing Nature
17th edition
Sept–Oct 2021


March 2, 2021 MOMENTA and the FIFA present “Sandlines, Story of History” by Francis Alÿs

We are thrilled to announce that for the third consecutive year, MOMENTA and the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) are partnering up to present Sandlines, the Story of History, the first feature film by artist Francis Alÿs for the 39th edition of the Festival held online March 16–28, 2021.

Sandlines, the Story of History, produced in collaboration with the Ruya Foundation, was produced between 2018 and 2020 near a Yezidi encampment in Iraq. Alÿs asked children in a mountain village, twenty kilometres from Mosul, to revisit a century of their history, from the Sykes-Picot Agreement signed in May 1916 to the reign of terror imposed by Daesh in 2016. The children were asked to act out, in their own way, a series of events. 

This feature film is presented as a Canadian première, after its presentation at the Sundance Film Festival and the Festival du film international de Rotterdam, in 2020. Sandlines follows in the footsteps of a series of projects that Alÿs has produced with children all over the world. It especially echoes his Children’s Games exhibition presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal during MOMENTA 2019.

👉 More information about the film

👉 FIFA Online Ticketing

October 31, 2020 Discover our booth for Art Toronto!

💰 MOMENTA’s fundraiser for Canadian artists 💰

We were invited by Art Toronto to hold a virtual booth for the 2020 edition of the fair. We decided to use this opportunity to fulfill one of our mandates which is the representation of Canadian artists, by showcasing and selling works of artists who were part of MOMENTA 2017 or 2019, and who are not represented by galleries.

Through this initiative, MOMENTA aims to make a solidarity gesture towards artists in these precarious pandemic times ❤️.

🤝 Support Canadian artists by buying a work from our booth!

  • 65% of the fundraiser revenues will go to the artists
  • 35% of the fundraiser revenues will go to MOMENTA to finance the production of works by Canadian artists for MOMENTA 2021.

👉 Participating artists: Elisabeth Belliveau; Raphaëlle de Groot; Bridget Moser; Juan Ortiz-Apuy; Anne-Marie Proulx; Jamie Ross; Camille Turner.

October 28, 2020 Release of MOMENTA’s second educational video game!

An educational video game on contemporary art

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image is proud to announce that its second educational video game, Enki and the Gallery of Mysteries, is now online. Intended for children 6 to 8 years old, the game is the result of a collaboration between MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image and Dpt., a studio specializing in interactive experiences. The first game, The Gallery of Mysteries (2018), for children 9 to 12 years old, has been played by more than 13,000 people since it was put online.



Many stories are told about the Gallery of Mysteries. Some people say that it whispers, and others claim that it moves around in the forest when night falls. In reality, you are about to discover one of its greatest secrets … As you pass by, you wake up Enki! This strange spirit watches over a collection of portraits, but one of the artworks has disappeared. Enki needs you to help complete the collection. Explore the gallery, solve Enki’s challenges, and maybe you’ll be able to lay your hands on the missing artwork!

When they embark on this adventure, children come into contact with works by artists Annie Baillargeon, Patrick Bernatchez, Claudie Gagnon, Adad Hannah, Hua Jin, Moridja Kitenge Banza, JJ Levine, Marisa Portolese, Skawennati, and Jonas St. Michael.


Pedagogical objectives

This interactive experience was designed to introduce children in cycle one of elementary school to works by Québec artists. The pedagogical objectives of the game are: 

  • development of a sense of observation;
  • introduction to analysis of images;
  • stimulation of imagination through digital creativity;
  • initiation to reading.

Offered free of charge in English and French, the game is a wonderful parent-child activity or a stimulating art-appreciation activity in a classroom context. A pedagogical guide has also been designed to encourage students to reflect on the works displayed in the game, which features the theme of the portrait.

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