MOMENTA is also a vast program of public activities to enable a wider audience to meet the artists and see their works. These activities take different forms oriented toward discovery, reflection, and creation.


Photo: Terrance Houle, Urban Indian #8, 2007.
© Terrance Houle


Sujets a: desire — appeals

Sujets a alludes to a central concept animating Ami Barak’s curatorial theme: Jacques Lacan’s objet a. This series of discussions draws Lacan’s concept into a space for conversation, where the public is invited to engage with many artists in the biennale and reflect on some of the motivations behind their work.

September 9
More details to come

Discussion focusing on the catalogue What Does the Image Stand For?

October 11, 5pm–6:15pm, Artexte

Talk by Boris Mitić

September 20, 12:45pm, Galerie de l’UQAM

Talk by Nadia Myre

November 22, 12:45pm
Pavillon Judith-Jasmin’s Agora, UQAM


3 screening nights presenting works by 3 artists of MOMENTA 2017

Terrance Houle

September 13, 9pm

Boris Mitić

September 20, 7pm
With the artist

Valérie Mréjen

September 27, 7pm

Cinémathèque québécoise
335 de Maisonneuve Blvd East
Admission: $10
Discount offered to holders of a MOMENTA Passport



On October 14, the public is invited to discover the portfolios of 15 off-program artists at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal . This activity offers a different view of the local art scene’s vitality.  

11am–4pm, Beverley Webster Rolph Hall


Since 2007, the Dazibao Prize has been awarded to an artist participating in MOMENTA, whose work has stood out for its conceptual rigour, its relevance, and its contribution to image-based practices. The recipient of the prize is invited to produce a book for Dazibao’s Les portables series, which is launched at the following edition of the biennale at the same time as the announcement of that edition’s recipient. Dedicated exclusively to a project by the artist, each title in this series acts as a travelling exhibition with unlimited circulation. The Dazibao Prize has been awarded to Gustavo Artigas (2007), Zineb Sedira (2009), Jim Verburg (2011), Suzy Lake (2013), and Liam Maloney (2015).

This year, the Dazibao Prize event takes place on October 13, upon invitation, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


Wednesday September 6, 2017

Official inauguration, launch of the catalogue, and opening festivities
• Galerie de l’UQAM • VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine • Artexte

Thursday September 7, 2017

• McCord Museum • Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
• Montreal Museum of Fine-Arts

Friday September 8, 2017

• Maison de la culture Frontenac • Darling Foundry • Centre CLARK
• Dazibao • Occurrence • Optica

Saturday September 9, 2017

• Galerie B-312