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Futurs désirables








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Free of charge* | Mandatory reservation

Saturday October 14, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Through contemporary art, we can project any manner of future worlds, be they hopeful or frightening. In connection with the exhibition The Pop of Life! and the video work Logic Paralyzes the Heart by Lynn Hershman Leeson, presented as part of MOMENTA Biennale de l’image, the MMFA invites you to attend a discussion on a time to come. In it, we will look at how artists across the ages have helped us imagine the future.

Ji-Yoon Han, curator of the 2023 MOMENTA Biennale de l’image
Lesley Johnstone, Director of Exhibitions and Research/Chief of Exhibitions and Research, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Jennifer Alleyn, multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker
Iris Amizlev, Curator – Community Engagement and Projects, MMFA

Partenaires publics : gouvernement du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada et Conseil des arts de Montréal

About the panelists
Ji-Yoon Han
develops exhibition and research projects that aspire to uncover how images influence shifting social, cultural, and psychic contexts. Her PhD dissertation examined competing imagery in Photography, Surrealism, and the nascent cultures of the illustrated press and advertising, between 1929 and 1936. She is currently a research fellow on the Photography and Commission project at the Cabinet de la photographie, with support from Les amis du Centre Pompidou, Paris. She is the guest curator of the 18th edition of MOMENTA Biennale de l’image in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal, titled Masquerades: Drawn to Metamorphosis.

Born in Switzerland, Jennifer Alleyn is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist living in Montreal. In 1992, she travelled throughout the world on her own, making short films for the Quebec television show La course destination monde. In 1997, she wrote and directed the segment “Aurore et Crépuscule” in the collective feature film Cosmos, which won an award at Cannes. From there, Alleyn went on to produce a film trilogy on art – My Father’s Studio, Ten Times Dix and The Imaginary Life of Jacques Monory – which won multiple awards, including at FIFA. In 2018, she blurred reality and fiction in her first feature film, Impetus. L’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec (OCQ) subsequently presented Alleyn with the 2019 Creation prize for “her exceptional contribution to the development of Quebec film.” Since 2011, Jennifer Alleyn has expanded her practice into visual art. She presented her first installation at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the writer Nancy Huston, in the exhibition Big Bang: Creativity Is Given Carte Blanche (2011). Her visual artworks, which have been exhibited in a number of institutions in Canada and Europe, are a continuation of her exploration of the themes of uprooting and loss. She has also been active in preserving the work of painter Edmund Alleyn through exhibitions and publications.

Lesley Johnstone is Director, Exhibitions and Research at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). Together with Monika Kin Gagnon, she curated the major exhibition In Search of Expo 67 (2017). She was also co-curator of the 2014 Montreal Biennale L’Avenir (Looking Forward), and the 2011 Québec Triennial. She has curated and co-curated numerous solo exhibitions including of artists Mika Rottenberg, Julian Rosefeldt, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Valérie Blass, Luanne Martineau, Patrick Bernatchez, Lynne Marsh, Francine Savard, Tino Sehgal, Eve Sussman and Liz Magor. Prior to joining the MAC, Johnstone was Artistic Director of the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis from 2003 to 2007, and Head of Publications at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 1998 to 2003. Long associated with Artexte Information Centre, Lesley Johnstone has written many catalogue texts and edited a number of anthologies, exhibition catalogues and monographs on contemporary Canadian art.

A curator and art historian, Iris Amizlev has a doctorate in Art History and Anthropology and a Master’s in Art History from Université de Montréal. She has worked in the curatorial departments of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Amizlev previously led the Volunteer Guides program in the Learning and Community Engagement Division at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and served as guest curator in the realization of the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World, in 2019. She is currently Curator of Community Engagement and Projects at the MMFA.



Reservation terms: *Admission is free. Must reserve your spot and present your ticket at the entrance.

Please note that unclaimed reserved seats may be taken by those present, on a first-come first served basis.

Location: The event will be held in the Salon des amis, located on the 2nd floor of the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion

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