April 7, 2015, 6pm
In an attempt to understand what matters, what moves us, makes us dream and create, invited guests will question notions of citizenship, history, memory and the place and interest of art from a Montréal perspective.
What Matters is co-presented with articule as part of Dominique Fontaine's year-long curatorial research residency, Scènes de la vie quotidienne à Montréal (on belonging and the politics of belonging), in 2015.This event is presented as part of Talk Show at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Dominique Fontaine is a curator, cultural advisor and Founding Director of aPOSteRIORI, a non-profit curatorial platform – researching, documenting, developing, producing and facilitating innovation in diverse contemporary art practices. Fontaine graduated in visual arts and arts administration from the University of Ottawa, and completed De Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Since 1992, she has curated and organized several contemporary art events in Canada and abroad. In 1998, she was a Curator and Jury member of DAK’ART ’98, la biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dakar, Senegal. Her curatorial projects included Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014; Images, Imageries, Imaginaires – International Photography Exhibition of the World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, 2010, Dakar (Senegal); Forms and topographies: African Cityscape in flux, 2009, Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece); “Moshekwa Langa: Unlimited”, Art Star Video Biennial, 2005, Ottawa. She is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). Born in Port-au-Prince (Haïti), she has lived most of her life in Canada. Dominique Fontaine lives in Montréal.
Venezuelan-Canadian artist and researcher Livia Daza-Paris incorporates performance, documentary evidence, video-art and poetic narratives to integrate themes of unresolved memories, locality and non-official events to reflect her humanist approach to art creation. The dance/poetics of the Skinner Releasing Technique and the aesthetics of Grotowsky’s theatre greatly influence her work. She holds postgraduate degrees in Community Economic Development and Digital Technologies in Design Arts both from Concordia University, Canada and an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute accredited by Plymouth University, UK.
Writer, painter and scholar, Stéphane Martelly was born in Port-au-Prince and now lives in Montreal. Through a profoundly transdisciplinary approach, she confronts theory, critical reflection and art in her work. She has published poetry [La Boîte noire suivi de Départs 2004)], childrens's tales [Couleur de rue, 1999 and L'Homme aux cheveux de fougère, 2002] and has had several exhibits. Her pictorial work is showcased in the digital art book Folie passée à la chaux vive (Madness spent in quicklime) (Publie.net, 2010) in collaboration with Christine Jeanney.
Her scholarly work notably includes working in the Montreal based Life Stories Of Montrealers Displaced By War, Genocide And Other Human Rights Violations as a researcher and coordinator. She has published a book on Haitian poet Magloire-Saint-Aude (Le Sujet opaque, 2001) and articles on Haitian and Caribbean literature, her main speciality. Her doctoral thesis in literature is entitled: Les Jeux du dissemblable, Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine, 2014.
Ronald Rose-Antoinette holds a Master in Film Studies and is now completing his PhD thesis in Philosophy (An Image is an Experience) between Université Paris VIII and Concordia University. While coordinating the online journal Inflexions (inflexions.org), Ronald is also a participant of the laboratory for thought in motion, SenseLab (senselab.ca), based in Montreal, where he lives. Nietzsche, Deleuze, Denis and Glissant are among his most respected movement philosophers.
Dominique Fontaine hosts
with Livia Daza-Paris, Stéphane Martelly & Ronald Rose-Antoinette