Creative encounters Mexico/Montréal

2013

Located in the heart of downtown, Espacio México is a unique multidisciplinary space providing a showcase for Mexican culture in Montréal.

Whether during the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal (MIM) or the 16th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RDIM), the presence of Mexican artists brought parts of this people’s moving history to life.

At the MIM, the international jury’s Bronze Medal and the People’s Choice award went to the 3D work Au fil de l'eau, by florist Martha Sophia Sosa and her son Francisco, a designer of vertical gardens. For its part, documentary film was ably represented by Gael García Bernal and Gerado Barroso, who were in Montréal to present their respective films, Who is Dayani Cristal? and Calle López.

November 1, El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) was the occasion for a celebration of the memoirs of Mexican actor and singer Pedro Infante and Québec singer-songwriter Félix Leclerc. Young singers from Mexico and students from Montréal’s FACE school performed works from the Mexican musical repertoire and classics by Leclerc.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Montréal recently presented there Ornementation identitaire, an exhibition spotlighting the results of an artists’ residency partnership between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and FONCA, the country’s National Fund for Culture and Arts. The works brought together by its curator, Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette, among them architectural reappropriations by the duo Miki Gingras and Patrick Dionne, and poetic reworkings of everyday objects by Mariana Gullco, bear the traces of both home and host countries.

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