Le Fresnoy @ Lille-Tourcoing : Montréal Visions


Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, in Turcoing, the northern French metropolis of Lille, held a group exhibition last autumn entitled À Montréal, quand l’image rode. Organized by the Montréal curator Louise Déry, director of the UQAM gallery. The exhibition presented the work of a generation of Montréal artists whose explorations are permeated with the notions of reflection, echo and breath. Fourteen different avant-garde Montréal artists were represented through their photographs and installations: Jean-Pierre Aubé, Sophie Bélair-Clément, Patrick Bernatchez, Dominique Blain, Olivia Boudreau, Jacynthe Carrier, Manon de Pauw, Jean Dubois, Pascal Grandmaison, Frédéric Lavoie, Emmanuelle Léonard, Aude Moreau, Nadia Myre and Yann Pocreau.

Sometimes described as “a hi-tech Villa Medici,” Le Fresnoy is a major centre in France for training, research and experimentation in digital arts and new media.

Montréal and Lille are in fact working jointly on a project to build an international exchange network based on the principals and values of the Agenda 21 for Culture. Lille Métropole is currently president of the United Cities and Governments’ Committee on Culture, while Montréal serves as co-president. In this capacity, Montréal took part in the Eurométropole Forum (Is Culture an Added Value?) organized in June by the French daily newspaper Libération and Belgium’s Le Soir. The forum was held at the Théâtre du Nord in Lille.