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Faire œuvre avec la nature : perspectives actuelles








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Wednesday March 6, 2024 at 05:30 pm

By bringing together local artists interested in organic and human forms, the MMFA wishes to explore the themes of the exhibition O'Keeffe and Moore: Giants of Modern Art, echoes of which can be found in current practices. At a time when nature appears more fragile than ever, how are contemporary artists engaging with nature, landscape and the environment?

Iris Amizlev, Curator – Community Engagement and Projects, MMFA

Caroline Mauxion
Monique Mongeau
Geneviève Cadieux



Major Patron: Fondation Michel de la Chenelière
Public partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and Government of Quebec.


About the panelists
Geneviève Cadieux’s work is situated in the conceptual space between photographic and filmic modes of representation. Photography plays a central role in her work, which explores topics such as the human body, landscape and language. The artist’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Tate Britain in London, the Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne – Château de Rochechouart, France, the Nouveau Musée de Villeurbanne in France, the Musée d'art contemporain d'Anvers in Belgium, the Bonner Kunstverein in Germany, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Americas Society, the 59th Minute in Times Square in New York and, most recently, the National Gallery of Canada. She has also participated in group shows at the National Gallery of Canada, the Centre Pompidou in France, the New Museum in New York, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo. Geneviève Cadieux has represented Canada at the Venice Biennale and received the insignia of Member of the Order of Canada. She has won several awards, including the DAAD Prize (Berlin), the Governor General’s Award and the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas. She is an associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. 

Caroline Mauxion graduated in photography from the École des Gobelins (France) and holds a Master’s in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Art Studies and Practice. She has had several solo exhibitions in Quebec and Ontario (Zalucky Contemporary, VU, Arprim, Projet Casa, Galerie B-312, Galerie Simon Blais, OPTICA, Galerie de l'UQAM), and is the winner of the Prix Pauline-Desautels 2023. Her work is included in the Prêt d'œuvres d’'art collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the City of Laval collection and the Desjardins collection.

Monique Mongeau has been interested in the world of plants since 1987. Her primary goal is not simply to represent plants, but rather to capture the mystery of their absolute beauty and formal harmony, even if this quest is purely utopian. Despite this impossibility of representation, in her desire to connect us more closely with our own human nature, she brings out the fragility or strength of plants. She generally works on themes that involve series, such as the herbarium. For her, plants are the universe’s ultimate masterpiece.

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. 


Access: At the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, 1379-A, Sherbrooke Street West

Please note that unclaimed reserved seats will be made available to other participants.

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