The musts according to Naghmeh Sharifi
Naghmeh Sharifi


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Artist selected for the Impressions artist residency in 2015.

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse

4296, Boulevard Saint-Laurent

I have been eagerly awaiting the upcoming exhibition at this gallery. Founded in 1973, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse was one of the first artist-run centres in Quebec to stem out of the feminist movement. Located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, off the gallery beaten path, this multidisciplinary art centre has asserted itself by boldly showcasing the works of under-represented artists. These works can range from video displays, to art installations, performing arts presentations, painting exhibitions, works on paper and more. For many emerging, lesser-known artists, this gallery has proven to be a fine venue to gain public exposure. The annual programming of the centre also includes several artist get-togethers and discussion groups which are open to the public.

From April 29th to May 27th, La Centrale will feature Berlin artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s video adaptation of Pauline Oliveros’ 1970 composition To Valerie Solanas and Marylin Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation. Exploring the unpredictability of music, this presentation holds the promise of sheer originality.


Boudry / Lorenz (Berlin)
Opening: Friday, April 29th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Meet the artists:  7:00 pm

Photo: Andrea Thal, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, installation with Super 16mm film HD, 18 min., 2013


Another artist-run centre, Articule is dedicated to the presentation of alternative contemporary practices combining artistry with social engagement, an ideal venue for emerging artists and those engaged in the production of audacious experimental works. During April, the gallery will host the 4th edition of Montréal Monochrome, an annual event focusing on the marginalisation and under-representation of native and cultural minority groups on Montreal’s art scene. The theme of this year’s event: anti-colonialist theories in art. The public is heartily encouraged to participate in the series of workshops, performances and discussion panels on offer during this three-day event. A project most worthy of support!


La Fondation DHC/ART

The DHC/ART Foundation is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art forms. Housed in two heritage buildings located in the heart of Old Montreal, the Foundation is host to major local and international artists and exhibitions of great interest. These unique spaces are perfectly adapted to accommodate a wide variety of media and artistic genres whether it be video installations, sculptures, photos or paintings. Towards the end of April, the Foundation will present a retrospective—the first of its kind in Canada—of American and internationally renowned multimedia artist Joan Jonas’ work. I can’t wait to see the creative output of this artist, one of the leading figures of our time in video and performing arts production.

Photo: Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word, 2015. Video still, courtesy of the artist.

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