// TEAM // ÉQUIPE //


Michael Martini -- Outreach Coordinator / Coordonnatrice des communications et relations externes
Christina Richer -- Exhibitions Coordinator / Coordonnatrice des expositions
Lesya Nakoneczny -- Administrative Coordinator / Coordonnatrice administrative

Marina Polosa -- Student Relations Coordinator/ Coordonnatrice des relations étudiantes
John Shukin -- Graphic Designer / Designer graphique
Dhanvin Raval -- Web Programmer / Programmateur web

Maxime Brown, Alexis Gagnon,Jay Hubbard, Jo Mitrovic, Monica Rekas -- Technicians / Techniciens
Kaitlin Fitzgibbon, Zoé Dion -- Copy Editors / Réviseurs
Valérie Henault -- Translator / Traductrice
Laura Mongollòn -- Photographer / Photographe
Dori Julian -- Volunteer Coordinator / Coordonnatrice des bénévoles

BOARD OF DIRECTORS // Conseil d'administration

Helene Sharp -- BoD Chair/ Présidente du conseil d'administration
Mariana Stabilé
Sophia Arnold
Madison Cassidy
Autumn Cadorette
Fatima Hassandia
Laura Macneil
Felix Pérriault
Terrence Richard


Eunice Bélidor
Kimura Byol
Dean Rebecca Duclos
Fatima Hassandia
Laura Macneil




September 21 septembre
Quartiers POP

Katherine Lewis
Brent Morley Smith
Alexandre Pépin
Cindy Phenix
Laurence Philomene
Monica Rekas
Kara Sterne


Where to Now?

February 16 / 16 février

Panelists / Panélistes:

Malek Yalaoui
Emily Gualtieri
Chloe Lum
Yannick Desranleau

Moderator / Modérateur:

Amy MacDonald


Art Matters Festival

Female Freedom Seekers

March 6 / 6 mars

Panelists / Panélistes:

Charmaine Nelson


Black Studies Collective
Art Matters Festival

Bored of Art?

March 17 / 17 mars


Marie-Charlotte Carrier
Omar Victor Diop
Bart Simon

Moderator / Modérateur:

William Robinson


Art Souterrain
Art Matters Festival



February 11/ 11 février 1

Bar le Ritz PBD


October 18/ 18 octobre


Jessica Auer

It's Not Over Yet

Galerie MAI
Vernissage: March 4 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Art Matters Board of Directors


Troy Biliski
Jack Zeppetelli
Émile Foucher
Laila Hamouda
Timothy Thomasson
Maude Lauziere Dumas
Lea Schwarz
Ryth Kesselring

Art Matters’ kickoff event, It’s Not Over Yet, is a nighttime showcase of art in collaboration with Nuit Blanche, exploring the themes of ephemerality, dead space, construction, and deterioration. The event will offer an evening of “attractions,” transforming the MAI gallery in the spirit of Expo ‘67. Beginning with the gallery as a “dead” or “empty” space, its construction through works engaging with technology will speak to the development of the many spaces in Montreal built for Expo ‘67. What does it mean for an artwork to be constructed, and, in turn, to be left behind?


Vernissage: March 9 mars

Curator / Commissaire: Alyse Tunnell


Clare Grehan
Rayna M Bellwoar
Lydia McCourt
Thomas Geist
Niharika Russell
Nathalie Dubois Calero
Dina Georgaros
Paul Lofeodo

Bodies are the filter through which we experience the world, an inescapable reality indelibly shaping our identity. Body Works considers how contemporary artists use pieces of themselves as material, canvas, and inspiration by showcasing art made from or representing their bodies. Using diverse mediums to consider how we relate to our bodies, the exhibition confronts us with uncomfortable aspects of our physical and physiological selves. Each piece subverts the inclination to deny and silence one’s body by using or representing it in an unexpected way. Body Works reveals the body as a point of resistance, idealization, and vulnerability.


Studio XX
Vernissage: March 10 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Valerie Bourdon, Diana Lazzaro


Jenna Ladd
Alejandro A. Barbosa
Amanda Lee
Antonin Fisette
Beatrice Scharf-Pierzchala
Dany Floyd
Georgios Varoutsos
Philip Gagnon
Rihab Essayh

From the ruins of our previous civilization, the wire forest rises, gains roots from metal, creatures from light, and hums from buzzing coils. Conquering over old life, it feeds on what is dead and ruined, assimilating it into the living and new. In the breeze of white noise spread by rusted old radios, glints of our previous world resurface, but their data is corrupted beyond repair, leaving wandering mysteries of what once roamed the earth. In this world, technology has replaced the organic; it has become nature in the process of bringing forth the primordial reconstruction of Earth.


Espace Projet
Vernissage: March 11 mars

Curator / Commissaire: Xan Shian


Hea Kim
Maxime Saint-Jean
Marie Ségolène
Zoe Baranek
Camille Durand Gauthier
Danil Ulmashev aka Dany Armaros
Aya Avalon, in colloboration with:
Ryan Rees
Paloma Dawkins
Mero Benss

Ontology is a collective deconstruction of the universal experience of anxiety. Drawing on works from seven artists across several different mediums, Ontology pushes, pulls, evokes, provokes, soothes, changes and destroys present and temporal concepts of anxiety. Anxiety knows no language, border or social barrier; it is both internal and universal. Ontology posits a sensory experience that engages the viewer on a plane removed from the ideological frameworks of society, and instead empathically appeals to the most innate and relatable of human traits.


Eastern Bloc
March 14 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Theo Guillemot, Nabil Azab


Eva Young
Matthieu Vanier
Evan Smith
Bronson Smilie
François Sarazin
Marie-Pier Favreau-Chalifour
Natasha K. Molinari
Philippe Tremblay

Things Repeated is a formal and conceptual exploration of repetition. The repetitive nature of the creative process is contemplated through literal manifestations of recurring visual form. By allowing these forms to interact with each other, the effect their repetitious natures have on our perception is brought forth. How does the repetition of the same image, form, or material alter how we originally perceived it? The repeated materials and forms challenge our notion of its original form. The result of these recurrences reinterpret the work and its meaning.

Ce qu'il en reste (A good ending to the exercise)

Eastern Bloc 7
Vernissage: March 14 mars

Curator / Commissaire: Roxanne Halary


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Burcu Emeç
Amy Campbell
Chandler McMurray-Ives
Guillaume Loslier-Pinard
Aliah Schwartz
Santiago Tamayo Soler
Jézabel Plamondon
Nien Tzu Weng
John Shukin

In the domain of ephemeral arts, documentation is necessary in order to allow a work to exist outside of its own time and space. This exhibition explores the tension between performance, real or imaginary, and its documentation. Always incomplete, documentation reinvents past action, bringing its own mode of presentation to the forefront. In some cases, documentation becomes even more important that the action itself. More than just a trace, it exists independently. Scripts, images, sound, installations, reproductions, objects left behind and spaces inhabited, be them tangible or virtual – these archives carry the weight of ephemeral presences. Documentation continues, taking on its own life and telling another story.

Risque D’échec

Galerie Mainline
Vernissage: March 15 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Samuel Normand, Mathilde Rohr


Vicky Moe
Ariane Patenaude
Epithumia Rose
Laïla Mestari
Max Hart Barnwell
Cedric Laurenty
Sound of the Mountain
Isabella Leone & Lucy Earle
Aliah Schwartz
(Interpretation: Guillaume Loslier-Pinard)

Welcome to an ephemeral, modular space. Risque d’échec underlines the ongoing evolution of the artists’ process, research, and work. By transforming itself in the course a two week exhibition, the space begs the question of an artwork’s completion. The space puts forth a collective experiment, allows mistakes to happen, and encourages risk-taking in public. This playing court asks artists to put their work on the line, no longer in fixed conditions, resulting in a social, improvised project. What is on display here is not just the work nor the artist, rather, it is the artists’ ongoing relationship with their work, and the traces of their communal presence.


Galerie Espace
Vernissage: March 16 mars

Curators / Commissaires: amille-Zoé Valcourt-Synnott, Louis-Charles Dionne


Ben Compton
Abbie Rappaport
Amélie Lapointe-Lavoie
Romane Bladou
Constantinos Giannousis
Hélène Salamanca

When we say, “all-inclusive,” our minds go quickly to cheap travels, beaches, open-bars, gift shops, and that strong call from afar: the vast world of eternal sunsets. Of course, TOUT INCLUS alludes to the “exotic kitsch,” but equally evokes the “kitsch attitude” distinctive of our post-industrialist society. While the exotic can easily be problematized in reference to orientalism or cultural tourism, kitsch is far from reduced to a pejorative synonym for bad taste. Rather, kitsch becomes a multilayered concept dissimulated through numerous aspects of popular and consumer culture, and behind every “Hawaiian” pattern.


Espace Cercle Carré
march 20 mars

CuratorS / Commissaires: Zeke Best Rothfels, Jordan Beaulieu


Eve Roy
Erin Berry
Emilie Buysse
Ali Hendra & Eva Young
Pépite & Josèphe
Emilie Usher
Stéphanie Pineau
Lenny Sharp
Maia Céleste Donnelly
Julie-Claude Vezeau-Croteau

Islands are isolated and intimate. They may be traps or escapes. They are bound with rituals of travel - with boats, bridges. They are destinations (one rarely detours through an island). They are resistant to change yet constantly changing (some shrink each year as they are swallowed by the sea). Montreal is an inland island, an island in disguise. This exhibition explores the idea of islands as physical and metaphorical spaces, examining experiences of isolation and intimacy, travel and transformation, and connection and detachment through artistic meditation.


VAV Gallery
March 21 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Soukayna


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Florence Yee
Siran Tao
Milla Thyme
Alejandra Zamudio
Andrés I. Estrada
Saba Heravi
Ray Tonatiuh Vilchis
Ahmad Salaj

UNTITLED is an exhibition dedicated to featuring artists of colour, in which artists explore the significance of their own identity. The exhibition involves artists who engage not only with their own doubts, but also with the weight of their ancestors’ questions and stories. UNTITLED is a place where discussion is part of the show; it engages the viewer to question their position in a society where opportunities are not equally shared, and where representation is a sign of privilege. People of colour are asked every day about their background, political opinions, thoughts and how to help make the world a more inclusive place. UNTITLED is a space where artists answer those questions. What we ask for in return— is for you to listen.


March 23 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Edwin Isford with RANDOM.ORG


Tina Lam
Cindy Hill
Mel Arsenault
Nakita McInnis
Chris Dake-Outhet
Emma Francis Wallace
Gabrielle Verrette Paquette
Text by: Terrance Richard

What are our motives behind sharing space?
do they include personal gain?

-To withhold documentation until after the exhibition ends; does this incentivize being there in person? (perhaps to a degree) but at what cost? To reinforce a hierarchy of viewing? If accessibility is a concern, — and it should be and is — should we even take that risk?

We want you to see this space how you choose to. These artists have done amazing work to make these white walls their own. They’re here to be shared;
with you.

The View From Here: Sex, Sexuality and Identity as Experienced by Women and Queer Artists

Espace Cercle Carré
March 27 mars

Curators / Commissaires: Jay Bossé


Lucie Swan
Florence Yee
Gabriel Dorais
Sarah Da Silva Marques
Santiago Tamayo Soler
Holly Timpener
Amanda Manson
Miles Petrella

Sexuality, whether present, absent or as identity is part of our everyday. What is the role of identity in our sexuality? How do we navigate self in sex? How do we navigate sex as ourselves? This exhibition brings together queer and women artists who explore identity, body empowerment, and play within sexuality. The theme of sexuality, however, is more open than that of who we take to bed. When discussing sexuality, sex, and sensuality, we must include discussions of the body and lived experience, especially from those of marginalized communities. As humans we all navigate life differently; sexuality is no different. This exhibition hopes to walk the line between sexy and sensual, as well as political and informative.