Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal


Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal has just announced its final programme. For its 13th edition, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal has invited renowned British curator Paul Wombell to develop an exhibition program around his proposed theme, Drone: The Automated Image. From September 5 to October 5, 2013, visitors will have a chance to explore 25 exhibitions, all free of charge, in 14 sites across Montreal.

The artists investigate how humans share the stage with technology, emphasizing the functions and intelligence of the camera. Drone: The Automated Image features the work of artists that are using the automatic devices of the camera in its many different forms in the production of their work. By excavating the workings of camera technology, they are raising an important question: do cameras have a life of their own?

The artists featured in the 13th edition of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal are: Elina Brotherus (Finland/France), Michel Campeau (QC, Canada), Raphaël Dallaporta (France), Max Dean (ON, Canada), Véronique Ducharme (QC, Canada), Pascal Dufaux (QC, Canada/France), the artists’ collective ExpVisLab (Hungary/QC, Canada/USA), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/UK), Mishka Henner (UK), Craig Kalpakjian (USA), Suzy Lake (ON, Canada), Trevor Paglen (USA), Barbara Probst (Germany/USA), Jon Rafman (QC, Canada), David K. Ross (QC, Canada), Thomas Ruff (Germany), Tomoko Sawada (Japan), Kevin Schmidt (BC, Canada), Cheryl Sourkes (ON, Canada), Jules Spinatsch (Switzerland), Jana Sterbak (Canada/Czech Republic), Penelope Umbrico (USA/ON,
Canada), the duo WassinkLundgren (Netherlands/UK/China), Michael Wesely (Germany), and Donovan Wylie (Northern Ireland).

The 2013 edition offers a variety of outstanding activities, beginning with the Pre-launch Gala on September 4 at 6 p.m. at the Darling Foundry. This VIP evening will give the public an exclusive preview of the works of eight Canadian and international artists, and to have a chat with many artists and art professionals. Limited tickets are available for $60. On September 5, the Event Launch Festivities will take off with the opening of Jon Rafman’s exhibition at 4 p.m. at Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay and along Monk Boulevard. Shuttle buses will then take the public to the Darling Foundry in time for the opening of eight exhibitions and the inauguration of the event at 6 p.m.! This evening is free of charge.

A series of special events will punctuate the 2013 edition (some free of charge, others ticketed):
• Artist’s talk: Donovan Wylie, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Center for Architecture.
Dronology: Conversation with the Artists, Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MAI (Montréal, arts
• Trevor Paglen’s work presented by Paul Wombell, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at SBC Gallery of
Contemporary Art.
• Friday the 13th: The Uncanny, a special evening, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels).
The Drone in Video Art, short films screening, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. at Cinémathèque québécoise.
La Région Centrale by Michael Snow, film screening followed by a discussion with the artist, Sept. 17 at
7:30 p.m., also at Cinémathèque québécoise.
• Conference Looking at the Camera, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Inspired by the theme, Drone: The Automated Image, the educational program of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
offers a series of activities that are designed to give visitors the chance of exploring the exhibitions either
independently, as a family, or as a group. A podcast will also be available for visitors who wish to make their
way at their own pace along Monk Boulevard and discover the works of Jon Rafman.

Also entitled Drone: The Automated Image, the publication further delves into the theme. This lavishly illustrated
book features an essay by Paul Wombell introducing the 25 exhibitions, reproductions of the artists’ works, and
texts by leading authors on contemporary art and technology. For the first time, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
coproduced its publication with Kerber Verlag, a German publisher of high-quality art books. This 232-page
reference book will be available for $40 in English and French versions at a number of exhibition sites, in
bookstores and online. The publication will be officially launched on September 7 at 5 p.m. at Formats bookstore.


Dates: From Sept. 5 to Oct. 5, 2013
Pre-launch Gala (tickets $60): Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Darling Foundry
Event Launch Festivities (free admission): Sept. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Darling Foundry
Web site: http://moisdelaphoto.com

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is a major international biennale that, since 1989, investigates issues relating to
contemporary photography other lens-based practices. For each edition of the event, a guest curator proposes a
unique theme around which a series of exhibitions, a publication, a colloquium and/or lecture series, an
educational program, and other activities are organized.

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