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Chih-Chien Wang
Born in 1970
Yushan at Studio with Toys and Socks
2012
Ink-jet print
Collection of the artist

It began with the opening of the exhibition As Far As We Were, As Close As I Can by Taiwanese artist Chih-Chien Wang, on the occasion of his residency at the Darling Foundry. A photographer and video artist, he is presenting some twenty photographs and four videos on the theme of the quotidian, the “poetry of the everyday”; all done with great economy of means, allowing for a particularly intimate viewing. They are the result of eighteen months of work in the MMFA’s Contemporary Art Square, and the titles of the different series speak for themselves: Glimpses, Brief Encounters, Confined Spaces. The narrative is left to the viewer.

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Chih-Chien Wang
Born in 1970
Horse Looks Away
2005
Ink-jet print
Collection of the artist

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Yushan Framed with Green Tape
2012
Ink-jet print
Collection of the artist

At the Contemporary Art Square in the Jean-Noël Pavilion (Level 52) until March 17, 2013

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Aydin Matlabi
Group of women following man

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Blue veil, 2009
Series Face of Rebellion

Landscape, Revolution, People takes us to a very different part of the world – Iran through the eyes of photographer Aydin Matlabi. Born in Tehran, and brought up in Montreal, he has returned numerous times to his native country, seeking to understand its culture, and in the process, find his own identity. The 33 photographs on display were taken mainly in 2006 and 2009, and shy from the stereotypical images of this complex land. Filtered through a personal, and emotional, aesthetic, they offer a very different view that goes beyond documentary photography, yet still deals with everything from politics to nature. Matlabi says he felt the “need to create a visual position in defense of a nation without a voice (…)”

 
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Toba Tree

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Freedom Square

Landscape, Revolution, People is presented in the Graphic Art Center in the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion (Level S2) until March 17, 2013

 

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Next month, February 2nd to be precise, the MMFA takes us to Peru, with a premiere of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods. Yep, quite a mouthful! But what a show this is going to be. More than 350 works of art, everything from painting and sculpture, through gold and silver ornaments to textiles and video, many never before seen outside of Peru. A fascinating excursion into pre-Columbian times that should whet the appetite of every couch traveler. The mythical status of Peru, its rich and mysterious Inca culture, all will be on display in this show, accompanied by tons of didactic material.
The exhibition runs from February 2 to June 16, 2013

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