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6 Art Curators from France to visit Canada

May 14, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Vancouver
Gue(ho)st House, public commission by Berdaguer & Péjus, 2012 Centre d’art contemporain - La Synagogue de Delme Photo: OH Dancy

A group of 6 French curators of contemporary art has been selected for a familiarization visit with the Canadian art scene.

From June 7 to 17, the curators will visit Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver as well as the Banff Centre for meetings with their peers, artists’ studio visits and public events.

This initiative, spearheaded by the French Cultural Services in Canada in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Institut français, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Banff centre, the Manitoba Arts Council and many galleries and art centres across Canada, aims at establishing active connections and fostering collaborations between professionals of both countries.

The participants, a well-balanced group across all generations including small and large institutions, from Paris and regions, collections-oriented or experimentation-oriented venues, are:

- Alexandra Baudelot, co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers

- Marie Cozette, director of La Synagogue de Delme

- Laurence Gateau, director of Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays-de-Loire

- Marta Ponsa, Head of Artistic Projects and Cultural Programming at Le Jeu de Paume

- Claire Le Restif, director of CREDACCentre d’art contemporain d’Ivry

- Vincent Verlé, director of Centre d'art Bastille in Grenoble

As part of their itinerary, 3 evening events will be open to the public, where the French participants will present distinctive initiatives and discuss their practices with the audience: on Monday June 9th in Toronto, on Wednesday June 11th in Winnipeg and on Saturday June 14th in Vancouver. Save the dates, more information coming soon!

The continuation of a intensive multi-year visual arts programming by the French Cultural Services in Toronto and Vancouver, this visit also acknowledges that the French artistic ecosystem has been experiencing a strong revival for the last 10 years : from the FIAC to the international emergence of young artists in the English-speaking world, from to the creation of new private and public institutions to the rise of major collectors, this is a trend that everyone notices . As the BCC recently put it “France has became cool again”. Canadian artists, curators and commercial galleries are increasingly considering the French scene and market as the key one in Europe.

Conversely, there is a renewed attention in France for what's happening in Canada and an emerging generation of artists and institutions, especially in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto. In recent years, the success experienced by such projects as Paris-Toronto, the numerous French artists that have come to Vancouver and the Banff Centre for residencies or site-specific projects, the interest of France's major institutions such as Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou for mid-career Canadian artists bear witness that a new dynamic of collaboration is emerging between the two countries.

This collective visit of French curators to Canada ambitions to continue fostering this dynamic and to help launch new collaborations.

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