All photos by M-KOS except where mentoned.
2 – 17 March 2013
artsouterrain.com [French / English]
Nathalie Quagliotto, Vous êtes ici / You are here, 2013. Photo by Nathalie Quagliotto.
The Labyrinth themed fifth edition of Art Souterrain indeed furnished a dazzle of art sceneries to mark seven kilometres underground pathways with over 120 artworks. Taking the topic to heart, many works denoted either a puzzling of the visual senses or forms of bewilderment within the self, between societies or geo-political conditions. Mélodie Prégent’s installation “Warren” (2013) combined adjacent mirrors and perspective photographs of empty corridors, stairways and tunnels to create illusions of endless passages. Loren Williams whimsically faked several tunnel entrances, not only to confuse or amuse the audience but also to suggest gateways to fantastic and imaginary worlds. Read more
Posted in Festival, Review, Visual Arts
Tagged Alexandra Laudo, Art Souterrain, Barcelona, Installation, Kaia Hugin, Les Ville-Laines, Loren Williams, Mélodie Prégent, Montréal, Nathalie Quagliotto, Oli Sorenson, Pedro Torres, Performance, Photography, Pieter Geenen, Romain Lamy, Sculpture, Sylvie Larouche, Tara K. Wells, Video, Vincent Toi
Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon, La circulation des fluids, 2008/2009. Installation view. Courtesy the artists; Laroche/Joncas, Montreal; Art Souterrain
From sunset on 2nd March till dawn next morning, Montreal will host the 10th edition of Nuit Blanche, showcasing a number of art events throughout the city. For the visual arts, many museums and galleries are open all night including Laurent Grasso’s must-see “Uraniborg” exhibition at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; “The Image Factory” by Harun Farocki & Hito Steyerl at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, “Raccords” by Alain Fleischer at Galerie de l’UQAM, “ABC/MTL” at Canadian Centre for Architecture and many more.
The visual arts bonanza is highlighted by the fifth edition of Art Souterrain entitled Labyrinth, showcasing over 120 artworks and performance (including permanent public art), transforming the seven kilometer long underground city into an aesthetic maze experience. Read more
Montreal is well known for its underground city. During the long Canadian winter, people get around the city’s downtown area, from one tunnel to another, without ever going out into the frosty air. Between 25 February through 11 March Montreal’s underground city was hosting the fourth edition of Art Souterrain (Subterranean Art, in French), a contemporary art event inaugurated in 2009 by Frédéric Loury, director of Galerie [SAS]. This year Art Souterrain showcased 140 art projects, including installations, photography, video, performance and permanent public art, all under the theme of “Passageways”. Art Souterrain has been expanding the number and volume of projects every year, to now in its fourth edition it covers over seven kilometers of underpass, with invited artists from as far as Paris and Calgary. Here are some works that caught our imagination.
Mathieu Grenier “Dans le Cube Blanc (O’Doherty) / Inside the White Cube”
Nathalie Quagliotto “Maturity Bend”