Art Talks MTL Monthly conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, critics and curators based in Montreal, Canada.

Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal.  Before obtaining a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. She is a 2011 danceWEB scholar (Vienna, Austria) and is currently an artist-in-residence at DanceMakers (Toronto) and at Usine C (Montreal).

 Michel’s newest solo, Yellow Towel, was featured on the “Top Five” and the “Top Ten” 2013 dance moments in the Voir newspaper (Montreal) and Dance Current Magazine (Canada) respectively.  In 2014, she was awarded the newly created Impulstanz Award in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments and was highlighted amongst notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. The year concluded with Yellow Towel appearing on the Time Out Magazine (New York City) “Top Ten Performances” list. 

In this episode, Dana talks about dance as a space of exploration; hair; motherhood; her love of objects; defensive reactions to her work; and the influence of the local dance community. 

This episode was hosted and produced bYaniya Lee

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"The Sun Roars Into View" by Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson from their 2015 album Never Were the Way She Was, released on Constellation Records.

"5FT7" by Tonstartssbandht  from their 2009 album An When. 

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Hajra Waheed seeks to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the broad impact of colonial power globally.  Her mixed-media practice consists of ongoing bodies of work that constitute a growing personal archive – one developed in response to all those seemingly lost amongst rapid regional development and/or political strife.  Although works on paper remain the foundation of her practice, they often act as starting points for larger mixed media installations. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including Collages: Gesture & Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014), Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata (2013), (In) the First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona and Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY (2012).  She lives and works in Montréal.

In this episode Hajra talks about growing up on a transnational oil corporation in Saudi Arabia; fallen satellites; her preoccupation with undisclosed documents; telling stories as a means of ordering chaos; intimacy and distance in her representations of surveillance; and collage's potential for transformation.

Hajra Waheed's solo exhibition Asylum in the sea will be presented at Darling Foundry in Montreal from June 18th to August 27th 2015.

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"The Homeless Wanderer" by Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou collected on Éthiopiques 21: Ethiopia Song

Joe Grass performed this lap steel cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" live for La Blogothèque 

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Sheena Hoszko earned a BFA and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University, and studied Visual Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Centre Clark, DAREDARE and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, and in group exhibitions  at CIRCA, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and VAV Gallery. By day Sheena makes music, does organizing work and is a bookkeeper at various non-profit organizations.

First shown at Centre Clark and currently at A Space Gallery Toronto alongside the work of Tings Chak, Sheena's most recent sculptural installations are constructed from temporary fences of equal length to her walking measurement of nearby detention centres. 

In this episode Sheena talks about art practices within capitalism, the inaccessibility of information about detention centres, making sculptural work with a political motive, negotiating artistic practice as a privileged occupation, the ways in which art can move beyond the gallery, Smack Mellon's RESPOND show, Jackie Sumell's The House That Herman Built, the influenced of people in other disciplines, Nasrin Himada, Jaggi Singh, and her current food justice research at the Santa Fe Art Institute. 

This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee.

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"The Crossing" from Grace Jones' 1985 album Slave to the Rhythm

"Mississipi Goddamn" performed live by Nina Simone

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Matt Shane and Jim Holyoak met over 15 years ago in Victoria, BC. Jim draws grayscale worlds inhabited by all sorts of creatures and monsters. Matt paints colourful urban landscapes and ghost towns. Together they make large, immersive installations of drawing on paper. They've completed residencies and shown work across Canada, Europe and the United States. Though Matt and Jim both teach and have successful solo careers, they've also consistently found time to work on projects together. This long term collaboration, as best friends and artists, is a unique feature of their practice. 

In this episode, Matt and Jim discuss the what it feels like to be inside their own drawings over long periods of time; the emotional lulls they experience after big exhibitions; the refreshing back and forth pattern that has developed between their solo and collaborative practices; the difficult aspects of working together; Jim's nocturnal versus Matt's diurnal work habits; and the professional artist's paradox of success and lack of security.

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"Gassenhauer" by Carl Orff & Gunhild Keetman.
"Your Wings, Spread Emperformed live by Angels in America in 2011. 

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Celia Perrin Sidarous photographs objects and spaces. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Walter Phillips Gallery (Les Choses, 2013), WWTWO (Paha-Koli is Evil Mountain, 2012), VU (Le livre des choses, 2011) and Les Territoires (Trouées, 2009). Celia has attended residences at The Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Artscape Lodge Artist Retreat at Gibraltar Point, The Art and Culture Center Kolin Ryynänen (Finland) and Centre Sagamie. She earned a BFA in 2008 and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

In this episode Celia discusses practices of looking; the secret life of inanimate objects; self-referentiality and the experience of time; travelling with art; the frame of the camera as a space of exploration; the politics of being an artist; and the importance of defamiliarization.

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“With a Snake With a Worm in its Mouth” by Subversive Intentions (2014)

Improvised performance by Tanya Tagaq

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April 25, 2014  

Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau are the prolific paper artists behind Seripop. Their creative collaboration  started in Montreal over a decade ago. They toured North America and Europe as part of the avant-grade noise-rock formation AIDS Wolf for a while, and at the same time become pretty renown poster designers and printers. Gradually, Seripop has settled itself into the visual arts world with various kinds of outlandish paper installations, showing work across Canada and overseas, even making the cut for the 2011 Québec Triennial.

Some of the stuff Chloe and Yannick talk about during this episode: their efforts to explore the plasticity of paper and make work that hits you in the gut (or your  "lizard brain" as Chloe calls it); how they set up Rube Goldberg-like devices during their installs to give their paper sculptures maximum agency; their relationship to their gallerist; why they left freelance printmaking to go back to art school; and the Looming exhibition they showed last summer at Toronto's YYZ.

Art Talks Mtl is produced, hosted and edited by Yaniya Lee.

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Falling suite from Delia Derbyshire's 'The Dreams' (1964). 

Ch-Ch-Chatter track from AIDS Wolf's album 'Cities of Glass' (2008). 

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April 24, 2014  

At the curious intersection between art, research, electronics, archiving, sociology and sustainability, the Artifact Institute investigates different issues and perspectives relating to electronics and group formations. It does so by fostering spaces in which people can reflect on their relationship to their artifacts, and gain a better understanding our societies’ rapidly changing processes of valuation. read more go to our web site:

December 19, 2012  
Long time collector Robert Poulin regularly exhibits work he owns at Espace Robert Poulin, in suite # 411 of the Belgo building. In 1995 he founded La Peau de l’Ours a group of art collectors dedicated mainly to buying large scale paintings by lesser known artists. Based on a similar venture in Paris at the turn of the century, which focused on modernist works and was eventually resold, this collection is destined to become a private foundation. His passionate search for undiscovered, authentic work has led Robert towards art brut and the low bow. In this episode, he shares his views on the nature of collecting, and the hardships of any genuine artistic vocation.

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