GUEST CURATOR — AMI BARACK
Artie Vierkant (1986–) is an American artist who lives and works in New York. His practice is centred upon the importance of representation across media. Most recent solo exhibitions include Profile, New Galerie (Paris, 2016); Para/fotographie, Westfälischer Kunstverein (Munster, 2015); Feature Description, Galerie Edouard-Manet (Gennevilliers, 2015); and A Model Release, Untitled (New York, 2014). His work has been included in major institutional exhibitions, such as ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, 2017); Dreamlands, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2017); L’Exposition Imaginaire, Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2016); and the FIAC Sculpture Program, Jardin des Tuileries (Paris, 2015). He is represented by New Galerie (Paris).
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (formerly Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal) presents, in collaboration with Galerie B-312, Profile by artist Artie Vierkant. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Québec. Artie Vierkant (United-States) is a celebrity of the "post-Internet" generation, for whom the Web serves less to disseminate or circulate than to throw up smokescreens. He constantly questions all aspects of the very idea of manipulation. For the project Profile (2016), Vierkant engaged a specialized firm to photograph a male model with 3D digital line-scan images. 126 cameras were arranged in a sphere around the model to capture his features as he enacted a wide variety of expressions and movements. The resulting digital file made it possible to reanimate the actor in various photographic or video situations. From then on, the model was called "Profile", a term that objectifies the human being who has been encoded and reduced to a dataset. Drawing on an inventory of classified and quantified sequences, Vierkant stages the "profile" in photographic prints composed entirely on the computer.
For its 15th edition from September 7 to October 15, MOMENTA has joined forces with the curator Ami Barak, who has developed a remarkable programming around the theme What Does the Image Stand For?. The 2017 edition of MOMENTA explores the concept of photographic and videographic evidence, questioning the idea of the still and moving image as witness to the real and drawing attention to the fantastical and sublimated character of reality. The work of the 38 artists invites viewers to take a critical stance toward the testimonial value of lens-based images. The biennale comprises three segments. The first, which corresponds to the central exhibition at the headquarters (HQ), is being presented at two separate sites: Galerie de l’UQAM and VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine. The second component consists of 14 solo exhibitions surrounding the HQ. And the third is a document exhibition located at Artexte.—MOMENTA is also a vast program of public activities, talks, projections, and encounters, many opportunities to come out to meet the artists and see their works; as well a catalogue co-produced with the prestigious publishing house Kerber Verlag, which brings togehter texts by the curator and five authors invited to think about the question What Does the Image Stand For?.
MIX AND MATCH TOUR
A mix and match tour, combining a guided tour of the exhibition at Galerie B-312 and some satellite exhibitions, takes place on October 7 at 12 :30.