Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is a major international biennale that, since 1989, investigates issues relating to contemporary photography and lens-based practices. For each event, roughly 25 solo exhibitions are organized around a single theme – proposed by a guest curator – and presented in more than a dozen venues across Montreal, transforming the city into a vast and coherent group show. In addition, a major publication is produced and distributed worldwide, and a series of special events and educational activities are offered.
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is recognized as a charity organization by Canada Revenue Agency. It is a member of Festivals et Événements Québec and of Festival of Light, an international consortium of photography festivals.
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal and its organizers pursue the following mandate: to produce an innovative photographic event to promote the various trends of both contemporary and historical photography to a wider public.
THE MAIN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
• to invite a broad audience to experience the various trends in Canadian and international photography and to better understand key issues of contemporary practices;
• to show the research, experimentation, and the development of photographic and related practices and to create a lively context for discussions, exchanges and debates;
• to support and present Canadian artists and their work advantageously in an international arts milieu and network;
• to demonstrate the importance of emerging artists as well as new and innovative trends in contemporary photography and the image in general.
THE CORE ACTIVITIES
• presenting a large array of contemporary photography-based and media arts exhibitions by Canadian and foreign artists in a multitude of artist-run spaces, galleries, museums, public spaces and on the Internet, over the period of about a month;
• organizing one or more colloquiums and/or conferences as well as guided tours, student projects, and other cultural mediation activities whose intent is to illuminate the exhibited work for a broad and diverse audience and to advance the central theme of the event;
• producing a large, illustrated catalogue whose function is to further present, promote, explore and explain the work exhibited and contemporary photography in general;
• promoting Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal to the larger Canadian public and the international photographic and arts communities.