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PHI MONTRÉAL 2024

  • Exhibition
  • Free
  • Contemporary Art
  • Community
  • Public Art
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PHI Centre 407, Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Monday and Tuesday:
Closed

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday:
11 AM—6 PM

Friday & Saturday:
11 AM—7 PM

All ages

Free admission

Please note: this exhibition will be on view at the PHI Centre, located just a few steps away from the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.
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As part of the PHI Montréal residency, in partnership with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the two artists of the 2023-2024 cohort, Jacqueline van de Geer (Montréal) and Annie Baillargeon (Québec), collaborated with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art to develop and present two public engagement projects.

This program, rooted in the notion of public engagement, aims to encourage dialogue and collaboration between communities, artists and cultural institutions in the realization of artistic projects. It is in this spirit that the artists, in conjunction with various groups, have imagined works that resonate with the concerns and aspirations presented in this edition's theme, Reflections: between extraction and desire.

This exhibition highlights the fruit of this collaboration, celebrating the importance of art as a vehicle for change and connection within our communities.

The PHI Montréal residency program is presented by the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art in partnership with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

  • PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec

Curatorial theme

Reflections: between extraction and desire.
PHI Montréal 2023-24

Our desire for things that shimmer, irradiate, shine and scintillate has deeply impacted our daily lives, as evidenced both by mythology and history. From the glitter that is both a bedazzling source of self-expression while being toxic for the environment; from the illuminating screens that absorb us and cut us off from the world as much as they allow us to relate and connect to one another; from the oil and gold for which some are ready to destroy the planet, but on which our systems are overly reliant on; to be interested in shine is to move towards the source of light, but also to reveal powerful dynamics of overexploitation and overextraction, making use of the resources of the world up to their complete exhaustion.

In a time of fragmentation, in which solutions lie in changing the ways we engage with the world around us, can we imagine art to be a place of renewed shine? What would that shine look, sound and feel like? How can it be modulated through collective action? Would it allow us to forge ahead with more care and attention towards what surrounds us?

Discover the artists

Residents of PHI Montréal 2023-24.

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JACQUELINE
VAN DE GEER

Photo: Wolggang Schunck

Artist biography

Jacqueline van de Geer is Dutch and moved to Montréal in August 2005. She was born in Rotterdam, a place scarred by two bombings during the Second World War. Growing up in a city that was always being rebuilt informed her process, for which she has developed a 'do a lot with almost nothing' ethos. Intimacy and reconnection are key to her work, which aims to open up participants’ collective experience. Everyday life, Dada, surrealism and personal memories are key inspirations for her work.



Becoming Sparkling

During the residency, Jacqueline offered a series of workshops to groups of French- and English-speaking seniors. Among other things, participants took part in automatic writing and collage exercises, aimed at constructing an individual subjective narrative to which memories of events over the past 70 years were linked. The groups also posed for a photo session aimed at revealing the beauty of the golden age, often hidden in our society's quest for perpetual youth. Traces of these workshops will be activated in a performance by Jacqueline, as well as in an intergenerational dance activity.

The artist proposes a space activation on June 15, an intergenerational slow dance party on June 22, and a performance with Annie Baillargeon on June 28. Click here for more information on these events.
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ANNIE
BAILLARGEON

Photo: Carlos St-Marie

Artist biography

Born in Victoriaville, Annie Baillargeon studied visual arts at Université Laval in the city of Québec, where she lives and works. Her career includes solo and group exhibitions in artist-run centers and museums, as well as numerous appearances at major events in Québec, Canada, the United States, South America and Europe. She co-founded two performance collectives: Les Fermières obsédées from 2001 to 2015, and B.L.U.S.H. since 2015. She is represented by Chiguer art contemporain in Montréal and Québec. Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.



Cosmology of Mutations

The installation Cosmology of Mutations takes inspiration from the concept of the somatheque, developed by philosopher Paul B. Preciado, to create an archive of bodies and states of joy. A world away from standardized representations, the artist invites participants to form this archive by taking part in workshops aimed at reappropriating devices normally used for surveillance - security cameras, smartphones, cameras, ID card or passport photographs. The photographs resulting from these workshops are integrated by the artist into a large-scale video mosaic, bringing together the individual contributions of each participant into a pulsating, vivid image, as well as into a sky map composed of recycled paper, made by the artist in collaboration with atelier retailles and activated in a performative gesture.

The artist will also offer a performance within the work, conceived in dialogue with the interdisciplinary collective NU.E.S on June 7, and a performance with Jacqueline van de Geer on June 28. Click here for more information on these events.

Activations and performances

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Past Event

Foundation

Cartography of Mutations

June 7, 2024

Presented at the PHI Centre: Cartography of Mutations is a performative encounter with artist Annie Baillargeon as part of the PHI Montréal 2024 exhibition

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Becoming

June 15, 2024

Presented at the PHI Centre: Becoming is a performative encounter with artist Jacqueline van de Geer as part of the PHI Montréal 2024 exhibition

Event Contemporary Art
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Intergenerational Tea Dance

June 22

Presented at the PHI Centre: Intergenerational Tea Dance is an event from artist Jacqueline van de Geer as part of the PHI Montréal 2024 exhibition

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Meet Joy & Glittering Gloss

June 28

Presented at the PHI Centre: Meet Joy & Glittering Gloss is a performance with artists Annie Baillargeon and Jacqueline van de Geer as part of the PHI Montréal 2024 exhibition

Event Contemporary Art
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About PHI Montréal

The PHI Montréal Residency, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), invites one artist from Montréal and one artist from Québec residing outside Montréal to collaborate with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art on public engagement projects.

The results of this residency can come in various forms, such as concise exhibitions, discussions, performances, or workshops. Focused on public engagement, this program highlights ongoing conversations and collaboration among communities, artists and cultural organisations.

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