MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image. The Life of Things

Elisabeth Belliveau, Still Life with Fallen Fruit (after A Breath of Life, Clarice Lispector), still, 2017–19, video, 4 min 15 s. Courtesy of the artist.

Meagan Musseau, ewipkek / flat bay, nl, from the [re]claim series, 2017, appliqué beadwork on commercially tanned and dyed rabbit fur. Courtesy of the artist.

Credit: Meagan Musseau.

Bridget Moser, Every Room is a Waiting Room Part 1, still, 2017, video, 12 min 22 s (images and sound: Paul Tjepkema). Courtesy of the artist.

Anouk Kruithof, Stonewall, 2017, inkjet print on latex, polystyrene, fibreglass, paint. Courtesy of the artist.

Felicity Hammond, Public Protection, Private Collection, 2016. View of the installation at Space In Between (London, UK), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope, still, 2015, video, 58 min 10 s (tightrope walker: Rasul Abakarov; collection of the Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts named after P.S. Gamzatova). Courtesy of the artist, Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts named after P.S. Gamzatova (Makhachkala) and Cosmoscow Artists’ Patrons Programme (Moscow).

Maeve Brennan, The Drift, still, 2017, video, 50 min 29 s. Courtesy of the artist.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, still, 2017, video, 6 min 32 s. Courtesy of the artist.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Der Lauf der Dinge, still, 1987, video, 30 min. Collection of Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Courtesy of the artist and Icarus Films.

2019.09.05 – 10.13

Laura Aguilar, Kader Attia, Elisabeth Belliveau, Maeve Brennan, Patricia Domínguez, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Gauri Gill, Felicity Hammond, Jérôme Havre, Keyezua, Anouk Kruithof, Taus Makhacheva, Bridget Moser, Meagan Musseau, Rafael Ortega, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Victoria Sin, Cauleen Smith, and Camille Turnerand

María Wills Londoño, Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson

Opening on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm


For the 16th edition of the biennale, which will take place from September 5 to October 13, 2019, MOMENTA presents The Life of Things. Curated by María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson, this edition of MOMENTA brings together 39 artists from 20 countries, in 13 exhibitions.

Presented simultaneously at two locations—VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine and the Galerie de l’UQAM, as in 2017—the thematic exhibition meshes four components together by generating a conversation fueled by the works of twenty-two artists. At VOX are explored the components The Absurd as Counter-Narrative of the Object and Still Life in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

The Absurd as Counter-Narrative of the Object
Through the prism of the absurd, objects are diverted from their meaning in order to probe the weight of the real; codes are deconstructed, and contradictions emerge to disrupt beliefs and restore a capacity for wonder in contemporary societies.

Still Life in an Age of Environmental Crisis
As a pictorial genre, still life engages reflection on the way artists today represent everyday life and organize objects. It also enables a political consideration of the excessive accumulation of goods in contemporary societies and of the environmental crisis—the death in “nature morte,” or the stilling of life.

MOMENTA Creative

MOMENTA Creative consists of several educational activities and creative workshops developed in response to the biennale theme and based on the works on display. Designed with inclusion and representativeness in mind, these activities are free of charge.

The creative and reflective workshop Eco Still Life takes place at VOX: offered in collaboration with Éco-quartier Saint-Jacques and geared towards children 9 to 12 years old and their families, the activity invites kids to discover a few of the thematic exhibition’s artists, and then to create their very own three-dimensional still life using recycled materials! The workshop will be offered on Sunday, September 29 and Sunday, October 13, ongoing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (no reservation required).

Eco Still Life is also intended for student groups (grades 4 to 6), and they can be welcomed (almost) anytime! For more information and/or booking >