Lucidity. Inward Views
In the past ten years, numerous artists have used photography to look complex geopolitical situations and painful human realities square in the face. It nevertheless seems more urgent than ever that, as a society, we examine the causes and forces at the root of these external miseries in the hope of attaining a measure of inner clarity, of “transparency of mind,” which is the psychological meaning given to the term lucidity in modern times.
Thus, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011 features artists who, in a certain way, turn their cameras towards themselves and conceive of photography as an introspective process, an opportunity for meditation, a mode of consciousness, even a means of revealing the unconscious. In doing so, they draw our attention to forces that we find it difficult to recognize but that nevertheless govern our actions – the illusion of identity, fear, death, anger, not knowing – and provide us with opportunities to reflect on acceptance, compassion, creativity, and the freedom to act.
If it is important to turn to artists and photographers to sustain us in this task, it is because they are by profession what Milan Kundera calls “explorer[s] of existence.” Their art is a “realm where moral judgment is suspended,” a realm where “knowledge is the . . . only morality,” and all the dimly lit zones must be observed assiduously, appreciated, embraced; for lucidity also signifies seeing clearly in the darkness.
Guest Curator 2011
Independent researcher and curator Anne-Marie Ninacs is currently pursuing a doctorate in art history at the Université de Montréal. Her work focuses on the links between human consciousness and the visual arts. She has signed several exhibitions, namely acted as curator of contemporary art (2002-2006) at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, where she presented her most recent exhibition project Chimère/Shimmer in the fall of 2010. In 2005, she was awarded the UQAM Prix Reconnaissance for her commitment to the Québec arts scene.
Between September 8 and October 9, discover the 25 solo exhibitions and public space interventions spread across the city in 14 sites, including the Arsenal – a brand new space located in Griffintown.
Thanks to the generosity of our partners, all the exhibitions are free.
Download the map of the exhibiton sites of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011.
2020, William (corner Canning & Notre-Dame W.)
438 402 4975
Sept 8 - Oct 9
Wednesday 12 pm to 6 pm, Thursday 12 pm to 7 pm, Friday to Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
Roger Ballen | Jack Burman | Gemmiform | Marco Godinho | Douglas Gordon | Rinko Kawauchi | Corine Lemieux | Yann Pocreau | Normand Rajotte | Augustin Rebetez
262, Fairmount W.
514 842 9686
Sept 8 - Oct 9
Wednesday to Thursday 12 pm to 6 pm, Friday 12 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
Centre des arts actuels Skol
372, Ste-Catherine W., espace 314
514 398 9322
Sept 9 - Oct 15 | Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 5 h 30, Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
The Centre d’art et de diffusion CLARK
5455, de Gaspé, local 114
514 288 4972
Sept 1 - Oct 8 | Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
Cao Fei et Massimo Guerrera
Dazibao en résidence à la Cinémathèque québécoise
335, de Maisonneuve E.
514 845 0063
Sept 8- Oct 9 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
372, Ste-Catherine W., espace 403
514 874 9423
Sept 9 - Oct 8 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University
1400, de Maisonneuve W., local LB-165
514 848 2424 # 4750
Sept 6 - Oct 8 | Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
Galerie de l’UQAM
1400, Berri (corner Ste-Catherine E.), salle J-R120
514 987 6150
Sept 6 - Oct 8 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 6 pm
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
514 982 1812
Sept 10 - Oct 15 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 6 pm
Juan Manuel Echavaría
Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal
465, Mont-Royal E.
514 872 2266
Sept 2 - Oct 2 | Tuesday to Thursday 1 pm to 7 pm, Friday to Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm
Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak
Maison de la culture Frontenac
2550, Ontario E.
514 872 7882
Sept 8 - Oct 9 | Tuesday to Thursday 12 pm to 7 pm, Friday to Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
Alfonzo Arzapalo et Kimsooja
690, Sherbrooke W.
514 398 7100
Sept 2 - Nov 20
Tuesday 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 9 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 pm to 5 pm
Optica, a centre for contemporary art
372, Ste-Catherine W., espace 508
514 874 1666
Sept 9 - Oct 15 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
SBC gallery of contemporary art
372, Ste-Catherine W., espace 507
514 861 9992
Sept 10 - Dec 3 | Wednesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm