The musts according to Moridja Kitenge Banza
Moridja Kitenge Banza

Visual artist and acting chair of RAAV

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2015-10-05

MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels)

This is a place that brings the essence of diversity to public attention. From dance to theatre, from interdisciplinary arts to media arts, by way of visual arts and music, MAI ensures a whole range of creative discovery of artists from abroad who are now an integral part of our cultural and artistic landscape. An absolute must! So till October 17 you can see the exhibition “Le corps sans organes,” which brings together three works by Payam Mofidi and Ila Firouzabadi  that convey their anxiety in the face of the violence of today’s world. And for a particularly original experience, “Unwrapping Culture” on October 23 and 24 will reveal some surprising choreography, not devoid of humour, in which contemporary dance meets Traditional Thai dance. This is a creation by the Philippino-Canadian Alvin Erasga Tolentino and the Thai Pichet Klunchun.

 

Unwrapping Culture                                                                                                     
Pichet Klunchun + Alvin Tolentino (Bangkok – Vancouver)
Photo: Chris Randle

DHC/ART and the Phi Centre

407, rue Saint-Pierre

In old Montreal, there is also DHC/ART. This private foundation is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art, and Curator Cheryl Sim’s selections have never disappointed me. Ms. Sim provides us with an opportunity to see internationally renowned artists – free of charge! Furthermore, with the help of guided tours organized by her team of docents, we can get a better grasp of the artists’ language, which might otherwise seem impenetrable to us!

At the Phi Centre, an arts centre created by the founder of DHC/ART, until October 10, there is still time to see the photography of Jacques Pugin: “Les cavaliers du diable” (The Knights of the Devil), inspired by Google Earth images. And for music lovers, October has three shows on offer, namely Bet.e and Stef (October 8), Dead Obies (October 14, 15 and 16), and a concert by the New York composer William Basinski (October 21).

 

 
View of Yinka Shonibare MBE: Pièces de résistance, 2015, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal. Front, back, left to right : The Age of Enlightenment – Immanuel Kant, 2008; Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton - Henry Wallis), 2011; Fake Death Picture (The Death of Leonardo da Vinci in the Arms of Francis I François-Guillaume Ménageot), 2011; Fake Death Picture (The Suicide – Manet), 2011. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.

 

Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection

690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

This permanent exhibition has brought together some 85 objects and artefacts selected from the McCord Museum’ major collection, to tell us about Canada’s First Peoples. Both extremely interesting and very well presented, this exhibition is a chance for us to discover the creativity and vitality of native culture, and also the complexity of the heritage of First Nations people, for whom there is a very close tie between clothing and identity. Multi-coloured beaded embroidery and ribbons, leather thongs, buttons and feathers are transformed into dresses, tunics, parkas, bonnets, moccasins and bags… We can’t help but be fascinated by these creations, which open our eyes to a rich culture in which tradition and innovation are harmoniously balanced, and one which many of us are not familiar with. A very special atmosphere prevails in this large gallery, which, for the time of my visit, truly transported me.

 

Pour en savoir plus sur l'exposition "Porter son identité -  La collection Premiers Peuples" avec Guislaine Lemay, conservatrice, Ethnologie et archéologie.
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