Fifty artists and collectives are taking part, representing 22 countries, including 25 Canadian artists, 16 of them from Quebec. While most of the artists are showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, others are featured in a variety of galleries: Richard Igbhy and Marilou Lemmens are showing at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine; Goldin+Senneby continues at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art: Li Ran and Lawrence Weiner are on view at The Darling Foundry... the list goes on.

Internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko is projecting his work at the Quartier des spectacles. It was going to be shown together with an architectural projection by Isabelle Hayeur titled, Murs Aveugles (Blind Walls), located near the Saint-Laurent metro station, and inspired by the Occupy movement. Oh, but the vagaries of the art world. The video projection has been withdrawn after only two weeks, on the insistence of the building’s owner who would not be convinced otherwise. Quite a story; to be tackled in another article.

The theme of this art extravaganza is Looking Forward (that dreaded euphemism for ’the future’) and goes well with the talent on display, as many of the young creators reach beyond, seeking new forms of expression. And many, more and more, are echoing our contemporary reality. Wodiczko’s work, titled Homeless Projection, Place des Arts, throws images and voices of the homeless that frequent the downtown area onto the façade of Théâtre Maisonneuve. It will be on view in the evenings until November 23rd, from Wednesday to Sunday. The Biennale opened with the screening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts of Shirin Neshat’s short film Illusions and Mirrors, starring Natalie Portman. It is a poetic, visually elegant, and mysterious black-and-white reverie. An homage to silent cinema, and a truly lyrical work, It can be seen at the museum until December 30th.

L'avenir (looking forward)
22 October 2014 - 04 January 2015


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Krzysztof Wodiczko
Homeless Projection, Place des Arts

Shirin Neshat
Production still for Illusions & Mirrors, 2013
© Shirin Neshat; realized with support of Dior; courtoisy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels