MOMENTA I Biennale de l’image

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An international contemporary art biennale devoted to the image

Since more than thirty years: an exceptional rendezvous in Montréal’s most important museums, galleries and artist-run centres.

Based in Montréal, the biennale has taken place every two years since 1989. Its activities include exhibitions, public events, educational programs, artistic and social collaborations, and more. 

We would like to acknowledge that MOMENTA is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation (or Mohawk) is recognized as the custodian of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Originally named Tiohtiá:ke (today called Montréal), this territory is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. MOMENTA respects the past, present, and future connections of First Nations to these lands, and takes them into account in its continuous relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montréal community.*

*[From the Territorial Acknowledgment (February 16, 2017) developed by Concordia University’s Indigenous Directions Leadership Group]

Mission

To have a sensitive and sensible impact on the world around us by means of images.
We bring this intention to life by:

  • Contributing to artistic, cultural, and social innovation
  • Increasing the outreach of artists
  • Raising public awareness of today’s issues in the contemporary art field
  • Acting as a social agent and catalyst

Mandate

Our mandate is to implement unifying and structuring initiatives for art dissemination and education, thus encouraging reflection on and access to contemporary art.
We achieve this by:

  • Connecting Québec and Canada art scenes with the other localities of the art world
  • Conveying the composite and varied realities that foster contemporary art practices
  • Encouraging encounters and exchanges, motivated by a sustained concern for the presentation and mediation of artworks
  • Offering a friendly and empowering space for expression, to the public and all persons with whom we collaborate

Values

Relevance

We value artistic quality and intellectual rigor within our projects.

Audacity

We support innovation and reflection renewal in regards to today’s issues.

Sharing

We gather communities in a spirit of inclusion and synergy.

Respect

We are fair toward the artists, publics, partners, and members of our team.

History

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image is a contemporary art event taking place in various venues in Montréal (Canada) every two years since 1989. Founded as Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the organization was renamed MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image in 2017.

The first Mois de la Photo à Montréal was organized by VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of photography. Until 2002, the event was held under the responsibility of VOX. In September 2002, it became an autonomous corporation. This administration change was followed by the adoption of a new model of artistic direction. For every biennale, a curator is invited to propose a theme around which a series of exhibitions and many public activities are organized. A publication is produced to accompany the program. Between twenty and forty artists are selected and their works are presented in fifteen venues throughout the city of Montréal. On the occasion of its 15th edition in 2017, the organization wanted to update its identity and assert its biennale status, thus becoming MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image.

The plural of the Latin word momentum, the name MOMENTA was chosen as a nod to the “decisive moment,” a key notion of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s, and to the photograph, which constitutes the organization’s founding medium. It also brings out the event-based nature of the biennale by inscribing it within a broader temporality–the moments of images, of artworks, of events. Finally, it underlines the fact that the biennale, once centred essentially on the field of photography, now encompasses all image-based practices, in an era when they are being produced in different media, at various places, and in constant transformation.

Over the last eight editions, the biennale has presented more than 450 artists and 2,150 artworks, and attendance totalled 2 million. More than 100 partners join the biennale for each edition, and almost 200 actors from the cultural field participate in it. More precisely, the 2017 edition of MOMENTA reached 171,584 visitors, presented the work of 67 artists, and offered thirty activities of mediation and audience development.  

Team

Executive Director
Audrey Genois

2019 Curator
María Wills Londoño

Executive and Curatorial Assistant
Maude Johnson

Executive and Administrative Assistant
Mériem Haddam

Exhibitions Coordinator
Mélanie Seibert

Publications Coordinator
Anne-Marie Dubois

Publications Assistant
Aseman Sabet

Educational Programs and Audience Development Coordinator
Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt

Educational Programs and Audience Development Assistants
Zélie Davin, Nora Saïeb

Communications Coordinator
Genevieve Mousseau

Communications Assistants
Amal Chaachay, Thomy Sadatchy

Special Events Coordinator
Genevieve Duval

MOMENTA Visual Identity and Brand Image
Graphic Design, 2019 edition
Jean-François Proulx, Balistique.ca

MOMENTA Website 
Design and Development
House9 Designhouse9design.ca

Board of directors

Chair
Jean-François Bélisle
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Musée d’art de Joliette

Vice-Chair
Lesley Johnstone
Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Education
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Treasurer
Sharka Hamet

Chief Operating Officer
Langlois Lawyers

Secretary
Mathieu Courchesne
Lawyer

Administrators

Emmanuelle Léonard
Artist

Élise Saint-Aubin
LL.B, Adm.A, Assistant Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness
Business Development Bank of Canada

Nicolas Rubbo
Vice-President, Marketing, development and partnerships
La Ruche

Cheryl Sim
Curator and Executive Director
Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain

Contact

info@momentabiennale.com 
+1.514.390.0383

Office
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image 
5445 de Gaspé Avenue, room 335
Montréal (Québec) H2T 3B2
Canada

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm