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November 16, 2021

Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Nicole Brossard

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born in 1967), Last Breath (Último Suspiro), 2012, motor, bellows, Plexiglas, digital display, custom circuitry, Arduino processor, respiratory tubing, brown paper bag, 3/6, variable dimensions. MMFA, purchase, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Acquisition Assistance Program and the Janet G. Bailey Fund. © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / SOCAN (2021). Photo Annie Fafard

The major exhibition “How long does it take for one voice to reach another?”, on view until February 13, 2022, explores themes of the human voice in both its physical and metaphorical registers. In it, you will discover Last Breath (Último Suspiro) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a multimedia artist from Mexico who lives in Montreal. This work was conceived to store and circulate the breath of one person forever.

In the edition presented at the Museum, the artist immortalized Quebec poet and novelist Nicole Brossard, a celebrated activist for feminist and LGBTQ+ causes. Her breath of creativity and protest will thus be preserved in the reservoir of this work as a living memorial.

Brought together for a conversation led by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator of the MMFA and curator of the exhibition, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Nicole Brossard discuss their artistic practices, how their collaboration began and, more broadly, the role art plays in our relationships with one another.

CONVERSATION | Rafael Lozano-Hemmer • Nicole Brossard • Mary-Dailey Desmarais

“How long does it take for one voice to reach another?”
Until February 13, 2022
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level 3

Credits and curatorial team
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator, MMFA. The exhibition was made possible by the generous contribution of Hydro-Québec, in collaboration with Hatch and RBC. The Museum would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of its official sponsor, Denalt Paints. It would also like to thank the Angel Circle of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, proud supporters of the Museum’s major exhibitions, and its media partners Bell, La Presse and Montreal Gazette. The MMFA is grateful to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, to the Canada Council for the Arts and to the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.

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