Ellen Art Gallery reopens with a MOMENTA Biennale de l’image collaboration


Adapt to new realities

Mounting a live, in-person exhibit in the COVID-19 era also presented logistical challenges.

“We reopened to the public last February with the Montreal museums, so we are very well suited to the situation,” says Thériault. “The challenge is with exhibitions like this, with a non-Canadian artist and curator who couldn’t be there for the installation. Many decisions are made back and forth via Zoom or WhatsApp. “

Thériault adds that it’s nice to be part of a big artistic event like MOMENTA, and she’s excited about the gallery’s new season in general.

Poetic trouble until October 16, followed by the collective exhibition Constitutions (November 3 to January 22, 2022), in which five Indian artists criticize the oppression created by caste and labor discrimination as India celebrates 75 years of decolonization next year.

The gallery will also resume the on-site programming of its SIGHTINGS project in mid-September, and the second edition of its terms online arts program will focus on the concept of service. In addition, launched this fall, the website Extraction rules the project extends over the past exhibition World of Matter: exposing the ecologies of resources, presented at the Ellen Gallery in 2015. World of matter studied the complex ecologies of raw materials through a series of exhibitions, events, publications and a multimedia platform.

“Our new season is exciting as there are fewer restrictions to enter the building and we can again use our atrium entrance,” said Thériault. “Some students and professors will be on campus and will be able to visit us more easily. “

The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the JW McConnell (LB) building (1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.) on the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia. Visit ellengallery.concordia.ca for more information on the Poetic trouble exhibition and other programming.


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