MONUMENTS TO THE VICTIMS OF LIBERTY


COUNTER-PROPOSALS IN RESPONSE TO THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM


Exhibition FROM September 24 TO October 17

Edith Brunette, Michel de Broin, Emmanuel Galland, Clément De Gaulejac, Steve Giasson, Milutin Gubash, Sheena Hoszko, Thierry Marceau, Projet EVA (Simon Laroche et Étienne Grenier), Nicolas Rivard, Frank Shebageget, Dominique Sirois, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Anne-Marie Trépanier et Alexandre Piral

"The counter-monument that will come to haunt Harper."
—Marie-Ève Charron, Le Devoir

Curators:
Mélanie Boucher, Nathalie Casemajor, André-Louis Paré and Bernard Schütze
Entrepreneurs du commun and Transit, a collective of independent curators and critics

 

Opening reception: Thursday, September 24, from 7PM to midnight
Catered by Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre of CHARCOAL VH
Music with DJ Rodrigo.
Free admission and cash bar.

 

In October 2014, the collective Entrepreneurs du commun announced a call for Canadian artists to propose counter-monuments in tribute to the victims of liberty. The call sought to stimulate critical reflection around the Memorial to the Victims of Communism to be built in Ottawa. The aim of the project is to question the Canadian government's ideological instrumentalization of the concept of liberty. The collective seeks to open up a space of reflection regarding the commemorative action and its relationship to contemporary conceptions of the commons. This call resulted in an exhibition organized by Entrepreneurs du commun and presented by AXENÉO7. Over 30 artists from various generations and communities responded to the call in reaction to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. From this proposal, 14 proposals were selected. These never-before-shown works and models, as well as some pre-selected works, will be on display.

These art works are counter-monuments. They reject and renegotiate traditional forms and justifications of commemoration. By way of their subject matter, form, implementation site, the evoked experience as well as their meaning, they use strategies that are the reverse of those deployed by conventional monuments. These productions focus on, among other things, the ideological capture of the principle of liberty, the opposition between capitalism and communism, prison systems, the rights and freedoms and the memory of diverse communities in Canada. The productions, each in their own way, make up a critical, formal and conceptual response to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, by questioning the aims of the decision-makers who have undertaken the controversial project.

Entrepreneurs du Commun unites artists, art historians, curators, philosophers and researchers with the goal of opening a space of reflection and experimentation focused on haunting the monumental, like spectres of liberty.

entrepreneursducommun.net
 

Free admission and parking.
Please note that STO buses 20, 21, 25, 26, 35, 38, 100 and 400 all stop at the Montcalm Rapibus station at the corner of Montcalm and Hanson

 

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