Curated by Stefanie Hessler in collaboration with Camille Georgeson-Usher, Maude Johnson, and Himali Singh Soin, the 17th edition of the biennale takes place from September 8 to October 24, 2021.
This edition of MOMENTA can be read in multiple ways. On the one hand, it assumes a human who is sensing nature, perhaps holding a blueberry picked in a forest, exposed to various modes of perception: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. On the other hand, it assumes nature sensing back.
Sept 8 – Oct 24, 2021
51 artists from 24 countries
13 exhibitions with 14 exhibition partners
An Indigenous-led outdoor garden
An augmented reality circuit in the public space
|June 17, 2021||
Mérignac Photo: Video portrait of Maryse Goudreau
The photography festival Mérignac Photo, located in Mérignac, France, presents in collaboration with MOMENTA the video portrait of Quebec artist Maryse Goudreau, in addition to the presentation of her movie « Tankonautes », at the Médiathèque Michel Sainte-Marie. The artist talks about her projects completed around the discovery of a World War II tank on her property, in Escuminac, Gaspésie.
The discovery of this military vehicle resulted in artistic and participative creations, such as the “Festival du Tank d’Escuminac – première et dernière édition”, and a honey harvest. “Tankonautes” was born from this harvest, and takes places around the immersion into two microcosms: the world of bees and the artist’s small town. We witness the transformation of a military vehicle into an engaging and dreamlike community project.
In this video portrait, the artist recalls the highlights of this ambitious and rallying project.
This video portrait was produced thanks to the support of the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.
Maryse Goudreau is a multidisciplinary artist born in Campbellton, New-Brunswick, in 1980. She was always in Mi’kma’ki, traditional Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq) territory. She lives and works in Escuminac, Gaspésie.
Discover the full video on our YouTube channel.
|May 18, 2021||
MOMENTA 2021: Unveiling of the program
Quand la nature ressent
51 artists from 24 countries
The 17th edition of the biennale will take place from September 8 to October 24, 2021 under the title Sensing Nature. An ambitious edition curated by Stefanie Hessler in collaboration with Camille Georgeson-Usher, Maude Johnson, and Himali Singh Soin, MOMENTA 2021 brings together 51 artists from 24 countries, their works are presented in 15 exhibitions including an Indigenous-led outdoor garden and an augmented reality circuit in the public space.
This edition of MOMENTA can be read in multiple ways. On the one hand, it assumes a human who is sensing nature, perhaps holding a blueberry picked in a forest, exposed to various modes of perception: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. On the other hand, it assumes nature sensing back. Our doings register like sunlight bleaching the colour of driftwood over time or imprinting itself on the retina of an exposed eye. In acknowledging this reciprocity, the biennale recognizes that we are in relation with nature, that we are of nature.
Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium, 2019, video still. Courtesy of the artist
ARTISTS AND EXHIBITION PARTNERS
NORTH SITE OF THE GRANDE BIBLIOTHÈQUE / BAnQ
PHI FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
PHI FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
GALERIE DE L’UQAM
LEONARD & BINA ELLEN ART GALLERY
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
VOX, CENTRE DE L’IMAGE CONTEMPORAINE
MOMENTA IN AUGMENTED REALITY
Léuli Eshrāghi, re(cul)naissance, 2020, installation view, Biennale of Sydney, 2020, Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy of the artist
As with each edition of the biennale, a publication accompanies the exhibitions. Co-edited with the prestigious German publishing house Kerber Verlag, it is offered in English and French. An overview of the biennale containing portfolios on each artist, the publication also includes essays and poetic texts written by Jen Bervin, Léuli Eshrāghi, Stefanie Hessler, Camille Georgeson-Usher, and Himali Singh Soin. The publication will be launched at the opening of the biennale on September 8, 2021.
GOVERNMENTAL AND INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS
Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Gouvernement du Québec, Government of Canada, Ville de Montréal, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Germany), Institut français, Consulat général de France à Québec, Office for Contemporary Art Norway
|April 27, 2021||
MOMENTA present the work of Maryse Goudreau and Meryl McMaster at Mérignac Photo, France
We are pleased to announce our first collaboration with Mérignac Photo, a photography festival organised by the city of Mérignac, France.
Mérignac Photo will taking place in Mérignac, a town in the Bordeaux Métropole of France, from April 30 to August 8, 2021.
Emeline Dufrennoy, the guest curator for this edition of Mérignac Photo, offers an exploration of the theme Possible Worlds, which questions our relationship with time(s), the interdependence among past, present, and future, and the role of images in our comprehension of the world.
Maryse Goudreau, Tankonautes, 2021
Tankonautes is a video work drawn from a larger ensemble titled Tank Honey, which combines art and permaculture. Arising from Goudreau’s discovery of an incongruous object, a partially buried military vehicle, on her property, Tank Honey transformed her initial archaeological exploration, in which she sought to unearth and reconstruct an unknown past, into an event that brought people together, the “Festival du tank d’Escuminac – première et dernière édition”, in 2015, then to an impulse of revitalization. In 2016, she brought forth a rural dream rethought on a local scale and closer to the community: honey production.
Meryl McMaster, As Immense as the Sky, 2019
Influenced by her ancestry, both Indigenous and Western, Meryl McMaster finds herself at the crossroads of two visions of the world. As Immense as the Sky retraces her journeys along the paths and through the immemorial landscapes of the central and southern prairies and the early colonies on the shores of provinces in Atlantic Canada. To reconnect with those who, before her, trod these lands, McMaster undertakes to make their voices resonate. Having studied the history of the migrations and the social, cultural, and environmental encounters of her Indigenous and European ancestors, she reactivates their knowledge at the sites of these historical confrontations.