Rebecca Belmore “The Named and The Unnamed” (2002) Video installation. Courtesy of Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Every summer, the province of Québec hosts two well-attended contemporary art symposiums, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art in Baie-Saint-Paul (le Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul) and the International Symposium of Contemporary In Situ Art in Val-David (le Symposium international art in situ de Val-David). Both boast a long history, as the former has been around for 29 years – the longest running symposium in Canada – and the latter for a commendable 11. In spite of their longevity, these can still be considered as hidden gems, unbeknown to outsiders of Canada or francophone communities. Here is a quick introduction, also serving as announcement for the forthcoming opening of the Baie-Saint-Paul Symposium.