MOMENTA 2019 | The Life of Things

September 5—October 13, 2019

Curator: María Wills Londoño, in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson

Under the theme of the life of things, the 16th edition of MOMENTA gathers 39 artists around sociocultural, political, and economic concerns related to the current issues in image-based practices.



In an economic, social, and cultural context in which material production is ubiquitous, it can become haunting, excessive, enchanting, inebriating—such that, from one moment to the next, objects may become obsolete and lose their symbolic potential. Such frenetic production redefines the limits of objects, turning them into mere “things,” even to the extent of impacting their ontology.

Given the issues of consumption that characterize the contemporary world, these thingified objects are given dizzying visibility even as, ironically, they are rendered invisible by boundless accumulation.

In its 2019 edition, MOMENTA examines this paradox through works whose poetry and critical input shake up the horizons and compose new perspectives regarding our relationships with objects. The biennale brings out universes that are constructed between individuals and their environment, highlighting transferences that take place between subject and object.

By exploring the character—even the personality—of the object conveyed through images, MOMENTA proposes a piercing look at the life of things.

Public activities

Mediation activity for Zanele Muholi’s exhibition at Centre CLARK, MOMENTA 2017. © Zanele Muholi

MOMENTA 2019 speaks to various audiences: both to art experts and amateurs, people of all ages, and diverse communities. The artistic program for exploring the biennale is enriched by a vast mediation program, MOMENTA Creative, which offers a myriad of educational activities, creative workshops, and guided tours. To these are added lectures and roundtables to stimulate in-depth interests and further knowledge about the artists.

The schedule of activities and events will be released at the opening of the biennale, on September 4, 2019.

Curatorial Team

  • María Wills Londoño


    María Wills Londoño (Colombia) is an art researcher and curator. Her major exhibition projects offer reflections on the unstable condition of the contemporary image and alternative views of urban themes in Latin America. Among the exhibitions she has organized are Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013; Latin Fire: Otras fotographías de un continente; and Fernell Franco-Cali Clair-obscur, presented at the International Center of Photography in New York, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (PHotoESPAÑA), Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Museo la Tertulia in Cali, and the Museo de Arte del Banco de la República in Bogota; she was the temporary exhibition curator at the last institution from 2009 to 2014. She co-curated Pulsions urbaines, presented at Espace Van Gogh for Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017; Oscar Muñoz. Photographies, which toured to Jeu de Paume in Paris and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires from 2011 to 2013; and was co-artistic director of ARCO Colombia 2015 (fifteen exhibitions shown in art spaces and museums in Madrid). In 2018 she developed a research project to recontextualize the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá to question the concept of modernity, concluding with the exhibition The Art of Disobedience. She founded the Visionarios program of the Instituto de Visión, to highlight important figures in Colombian conceptual art, and was director until 2018. In 2018 she published The Four Evangelists: Consolidation Process of Exhibition Curating in Colombia (Barcelona: Editorial Planeta).

  • Audrey Genois

    Audrey Genois has been the executive director of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (formerly Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal) since 2016. She has been very active in national and international contemporary-art communities. For fifteen years she held the position of associate curator at Galerie de l’UQAM, where she coordinated over sixty exhibitions and twelve national and international touring shows. She has also edited and coordinated the production of forty publications on contemporary art. Her curatorial projects include the exhibitions Guillaume Simoneau. Murder (Rencontre d’Arles); Expansion: Les 40 ans de l’UQAM (with Louise Déry); Videozoom: Between the Images (presented in twelve venues in Canada and abroad, with the curatorial collective La Fabrique d’expositions, of which she is a member); and Motion (in conjunction with HEAD–Genève and La Fabrique d’expositions). In 2007 she served as assistant curator for the exhibition David Altmejd: The Index, at the Venice Biennale (Canadian Pavilion).

  • Maude Johnson

    Maude Johnson is an independent curator and writer who lives and works in Montréal. She holds an MA in art history from Concordia University and a BFA in art history from Université du Québec à Montréal. She is interested in the relationship among bodies, times, and spaces. In her explorations of performative and curatorial practices, she probes methodologies, mechanisms, and languages in interdisciplinary works. Her recent curating projects have been presented in the SIGHTINGS space of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montréal, 2016) and at Artexte (Montréal, 2018). Her writing has accompanied exhibition projects such as do it Montréal (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2016) and 150 ans | 150 œuvres : l’art au Canada comme acte d’histoire (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2018). A regular contributor to Espace art actuel and esse arts + opinions, she was the 2015 winner of the latter’s Young Critics Competition. She is the executive and curatorial assistant for MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image.

39 artists | 20 countries | 13 exhibitions

  • Laura Aguilar United States
  • Francis Alÿs Belgium/Mexico
  • Kader Attia Algeria/France
  • Elisabeth Belliveau Canada
  • Karen Paulina Biswell Colombia/France
  • Maeve Brennan United Kingdom
  • Jonathas de Andrade Brazil
  • Raphaëlle de Groot Canada
  • Hannah Doerksen Canada
  • Patricia Domínguez Chile
  • Chun Hua Catherine Dong China/Canada
  • Alinka Echeverría Mexico/United Kingdom
  • Peter Fischli and David Weiss Switzerland
  • Jeneen Frei Njootli Canada
  • Marina Gadonneix France
  • Gauri Gill India
  • Maggie Groat Canada
  • Felicity Hammond United Kingdom
  • Jérôme Havre France/Canada
  • Laura Huertas Millán Colombia/France
  • Keyezua Angola
  • Kapwani Kiwanga Canada/France
  • Anouk Kruithof The Netherlands
  • Maryse Larivière Canada
  • Taus Makhacheva Russia
  • Ana Mendieta Cuba
  • Izumi Miyazaki Japan
  • Bridget Moser Canada
  • Meagan Musseau Canada
  • Rafael Ortega Mexico
  • Juan Ortiz-Apuy Costa Rica/Canada
  • Celia Perrin Sidarous Canada
  • Miguel Angel Ríos Argentina
  • Jamie Ross Canada
  • Victoria Sin Canada/United Kingdom
  • Cauleen Smith United Stated
  • Batia Suter Switzerland/The Netherlands
  • Camille Turner Canada

Exhibition Venues

  • Centre CLARK
  • Dazibao
  • Galerie B-312
  • Galerie de l’UQAM
  • Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • Musée d’art de Joliette
  • Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
  • McCord Museum
  • Occurrence
  • VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine