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From the Other Side of the Mirror








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Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 05:30 pm

In this talk marking the opening of his exhibition, artist Stanley Février will engage in a dialogue with art historian Filipa Esteves. After taking a look back at the various actions that have distinguished Février’s career in art during the past ten years, Esteves will present the findings of her research on the presence in Montreal contemporary art galleries of works by artists from groups that are racialized and discriminated against

In an open discussion with the public, the panellists will consider the art scene. What is the role of cultural institutions today? What is the place of the museum in society? Can a collection help address social justice issues? The discussion will be moderated by Iris Amizlev, Curator – Community Engagement and Projects at the MMFA.

Speakers : Stanley Février, artist and Director and Chief Curator of MAADI, Filipa Esteves, independent curator and art historian, and Iris Amizlev, Curator – Community Engagement and Projects at the MMFA.


Wednesday June 15, 2022
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


The MMFA wishes to thank the Vo-Dignard Provost Group at National Bank Financial – Wealth Management for its invaluable contribution.

This lecture was funded in part by the Quebec Government, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

About the Museum of the Art of Today / Department of the Invisible (MAADI)
A vibrant and nomadic museum, the Museum of the Art of Today / Department of the Invisible (MAADI) is a performative action by artist Stanley Février. On view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from June 15 to August 28, 2022, this work is aimed at challenging the power dynamics contributing to the underrepresentation in the art world and its institutions of multiple practices and fostering the marginalization of artists with diverse backgrounds.

Stanley Février
A graduate of UQAM’s Visual and Media Arts program, Stanley Février’s artistic and conceptual interests are based on institutional critique, issues of identity and violence, and the inequalities created by the latter. The artist’s work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally, notably in the United States, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia and Mexico. His most recent solo exhibitions include: Les vies possibles/Menm vyé tintin at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), in 2021–2022; Être humain, est-ce un mal(e) absolu? at EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Sainte-Hyacinthe, in 2022; and America... en toute impunité at the Maison de la culture de Longueuil, in 2019. Février has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including the 4th MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award (2020) sponsored by the RBC Foundation. He is the director and chief curator of MAC-Invisible (MAC-I), a digital work showcasing the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural practices of Quebec and Canadian contemporary art.

Filipa Esteves
Filipa Esteves received a master’s degree in Art History from the Université de Montréal in 2017. Along with her studies, from 2016 to 2019 she conducted a quantitative research project on the presence in Montreal galleries that are members of the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) of works by artists from groups discriminated against. Her findings were presented at the Université de Montréal’s Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM), Diversité artistique Montréal and Artexte, on the occasion of an exhibition by Stanley Février.


Location : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

Reservation terms : reservations required

Language : the conversation will take place in French and be followed by a discussion with the public in English and French.

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