Tuesday, May 22 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Discussion : Résistances et présence autochtones
Galerie de l’UQAM

Through an abundant events program, the exhibition is thought of as a space for exchanges, collaborations and dissent, questioning both the boundaries between disciplines and the rules and limits imposed by the gallery space. The current activity is part a long series of public events, including performance art, readings, discussions, conferences, as well as a guided tour of the exhibition.

Guest speakers: Niki Little and Becca Taylor, curators of 4th Contemporary Native Art Biennale (BACA), and the curators of Refus Contraire.
Moderator: Doriane Biot

This discussion intends to open up a space of dialogue on curatorial perspectives pertaining to Indigenous contemporary art in Québec and Canada. The decolonization of the exhibition space, the role of women artists and curators, and the possible forms of resistance within artistic and curatorial practices are all themes that will guide this sharing of past experiences and knowledge. The event is organized in resonance with this year’s Contemporary Native Art Biennale, níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma sœur | my sister, taking place in Montreal from May 3 to June 22, 2018.

Starting May 16, Galerie de l’UQAM presents the group exhibition Refus contraire. Conceived in the context of the 70th anniversary of the publication of Refus global, Refus contraire seeks to reactivate the principles of commitment, interdisciplinarity and community that animated the signatories of this striking manifesto. This exhibition shows contemporary artists redefining cultural, identity, and gender representation in various performative, poetic and visual modes. Whereas the official story on Refus global has emphasized the Automatistes’ pictorial work, this exhibition will provide a space to converse, occupy, and act in ways closer to the original artists’ intentions. Refus contraire reveals the unseen story of the manifesto: histories of women too often dismissed by critics, and examples of interdisciplinary practices that hold up in the light of an appreciative contemporary rereading.

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