The MacKenzie Brings the Vanguard of Québec Video Art to Regina with 'Motion'

The MacKenzie Brings the Vanguard of Québec Video Art to Regina with 'Motion'

January 19, 2017

REGINA, SK — The MacKenzie Art Gallery looks to Québec this January for a survey of contemporary Canadian video art. 'Motion' is co-curated by Louise Déry of Galerie d l’UQAM, and brings together the work of eleven leading Québec artists in a group exhibition based on the theme of “motion”. The exhibition considers the double-meaning of the word — as movement and as a proposal — with works by Jean-Pierre Aubé, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Caroline Boileau, Michel de Broin, Pascal Grandmaison, Nelson Henricks, Myriam Laplante, Eduardo Menz, Nadia Myre, and Chih-Chien Wang.

“Part of the MacKenzie’s mandate is to present work from across Canada and internationally,” says Anthony Kiendl, the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Executive Director and CEO. “Louise Déry is an internationally recognized, award-winning curator, and has expressed interest in Regina and the art that’s happening here, so this is an opportunity to exchange information about art in both our communities. 'Motion' lends itself to a concise overview of recent video work in Québec, which will give Saskatchewan audiences a taste for current trends in Québec video art. 'Motion' has also shown internationally — most recently in Geneva — so it’s also part of a larger international conversation.”

The exhibition title’s double raison d’être initiates a series of events and actions in the works exhibited that are, by turns, absurd and surprising, contemplative and meditative — drawing the viewer’s attention to global issues around food and energy production, destruction and death, nourishment and survival. The motion at the intersection of these inescapable realities is explored and expressed by these artists and their observations of today’s world.

“I’m interested in the program because of the range of videos and how they treat this notion of how things are set into motion — either by our curiosity, or by our own hands and arms and feet,” says Timothy Long, the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Head Curator. “It also considers how we perceive motion, whether by slowing things down or by looking at things from a different angle. The selection of works stretches our concept of motion and shows how vital it is to understanding our contemporary world.”

'Motion' is on view at the MacKenzie Art Gallery from Friday, January 20 to May 14, 2017.

Related Event: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Opening Celebration and Curator Talk
Members’ Preview | 6:30 PM
Talk with Co-Curator Louise Déry, Galerie de l’UQAM | 7:00 PM
Reception to follow. Free admission.

Image: Myriam Laplante, Ricochet, 2014, video still . Photo: Courtesy of UQAM - Galerie de l’UQAM