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In Person


Saturday August 20, 2022 at 02:00 pm

A conversation to reflect on the impact of this collaboration with the MMFA and the challenges its participants have had to confront in order to bring the MAADI to life. What is the essence of the expression “making a meaningful contribution”? How has each artist appropriated the space of power that the MAADI has afforded them? How can being exhibited in a renowned institution like the MMFA enhance the visibility of the participating artists?

To kick off the last week of Stanley Février’s performative installation Museum of the Art of Today / Department of the Invisible, the MMFA will also present a continuous screening of three short films selected by Février.

Speakers: Laura Delfino, guest curator of the Museum of the Art of Today / Department of the Invisible (MAADI), and Stanley Février, artist and Director and Chief Curator of the MAADI, along with several artists featured in the performative installation.


  • Films: From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Seul.e de sa classe (2020, in French) by Quentin Ducados alias Tayeb Hadji, Dear Mr. President (2021, in English) by Jean-Hervé Désiré and Benz Antoine, and Flesh Memory (2018), the filmed documentation of a performance by Anahita Norouzi.
  • Lecture: From 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Major Patron: Fondation de la Chenelière
Major Partner: Domtar

The Museum 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.


Reservation terms: No reservation.

Language: The conversation will be held in French, and will be followed by an audience discussion in French and English.

Location: Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium


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.

Laura Delfino
Laura Delfino is an engaged museologist, who has been collaborating with Canadian museum institutions for over 10 years. Keenly interested in sociomuseology, she has co-created various cultural mediation projects and exhibitions with a number of community organizations. Her projects have been the subject of scholarly publications in the journals Histoire social / Social History (2018) and La lettre de l’Ocim (2019). After several years of working in the field, the desire to gain a deeper understanding of the humanist turning point in museology led her to embark on a doctoral degree at the Université de Montréal in 2019. Under the supervision of Johanne Lamoureux, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Civic Museology, Delfino set about documenting this paradigm shift with a view to analyzing the role that museums play in constructing a sense of civic belonging.

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.

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