New exhibition From December 9, 2021 to October 16, 2022 – menm vye tintin. possible lives
THE CITY OF QUEBEC, December 7, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The first museum exhibition by artist Stanley February, winner of the MNBAQ’s fourth Contemporary Art Prize, organized in collaboration with RBC, its financial partner, was eagerly awaited. For several years, the work of February has challenged, mobilized and moved. The artist believes that art has the power to change things and is, like a true vector of social change, the very impetus of its creation. Of December 9, 2021 To October 16, 2022, an unforgettable and moving experience awaits the visitor when he discovers the works of menm vye tintin. possible lives exhibition, as they address themes as powerful and crucial as police violence, mental illness, guns and racism, subjects that form the basis of February’s reflections, which focus on the human condition in the 21st century and the value of life in the context of globalization. The broad expression of the fragility of the human condition has never had such a resolute messenger.
An intriguing but powerful title
For more than 20 years, February has sought to heal wounds. The artist first proposed a title in English, Same old shit for his first solo exhibition at the MNBAQ. The French version would have been The more it changes, the more it is the same and the Quebec version, The same business crisis. In the end, the Haitian Creole expression “menm vye tintin” was adopted. Does that mean the wheel is turning and nothing changes? Stanley February questions discrimination and segregation through an accusatory vein that permeates all of his work, which is constantly driven by social setbacks in the hope of having an impact beyond artistic practice.
Go from artistic to social
Multidisciplinary artist born in 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Stanley February moved to Quebec more than 30 years ago. This comprehensive exhibition covers all facets of his work, from old and little-known works to more recent creations. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the MusÃ©e d’art contemporain des Laurentides (MAC LAU) in Saint-JÃ©rÃ´me, which presents other works by the artist up to February 13, 2022.
Current environmental and human dramas are themes present throughout February’s practice, including police brutality, mental health, citizen disarmament, mass migration, and issues of overconsumption. Faced with these key questions linked to political, racial, human and cultural issues that shake societies around the world, Stanley February’s work vibrates with contemporary societal concerns.
Works of great power that are anything but indifferent
Stanley February’s work covers a range of practices ranging from photography and performance to sculpture and drawing. His reflections on the state of the world produce astonishing works.
Among the key works of the exhibition, we must mention: Foresight (2014), in which February imagines itself in a situation of extreme vulnerability. This dramatic image in the It’s not life itself series, which focuses on shootings that took place around the world between 1927 and 2014, reveals the artist anticipating his own violent death.
In several series, including The Great Hopes (2019-2020), the motif of the hood returns in the work of February. It refers to the balaclava, a technique used to humiliate and oppress through sensory deprivation, considered a sadistic act that is moreover frequently used before executions. In his works, it is the artist who inflicts this dehumanizing treatment on himself.
Installation 1927 (2015) focuses on the Bath Consolidated School massacre in Michigan and the fate of its 45 victims, mostly children, represented on the wall by an equal number of handguns. February gives back to art its capacity to repair so that violence is inscribed in people’s minds and that the weight of creation joins, for example, the weight of demonstrations, which have multiplied with the Black Lives Matter movement. , to denounce the ill-treatment inflicted. on racialized or most disadvantaged individuals.
Finally, the works In the beginning was … Alphonse Allais (2020) appear as plaster simulacra of twisted paintings through which February evokes the existence of works that were among the first monochrome in history. February thus compensates for certain blind spots in the history of abstract art by making a detour through monochrome painting.
To complete the exhibition, a publication of the same title will present the work of the fourth winner of the MNBAQ Contemporary Art Prize. Produced by the MAC LAU team, the book, in English and French, will leave an indelible mark on Stanley February’s first solo exhibition at the MNBAQ and propel his work towards international recognition.
Express yourself and take a step back
Along with the exhibition, a radio component has been developed with the artist, who will offer a series of programs with variable hours on Radio Possible Lives in early 2022. During the broadcasts, February will interview members of the Quebec artistic community in front of the public and on social networks. The interviews will focus on the difficulties encountered by the artists and will welcome the participation of the spectators. Once again, it’s about reaching out to others. In this section, QR codes are offered to the public to access a website on which February receives comments following visits to the MNBAQ and MAC LAU exhibitions.
Following their visit to menm vye tintin. possible lives exhibition, visitors can stop in a space at the entrance of the GÃ©rard Morisset Pavilion to see other works by Stanley February, to stop or reflect, to express the emotions aroused by the works. Once again, the power of words will be liberating.
Finally, still within the framework of this initiative where the expression of opinions is important, the SOS The bench designed by February and presented in the central pavilion of the MNBAQ will also serve as a striking sign on which it will be possible to lean and sit.
Stanley February biography
Stanley February was born in 1976 in Port au Prince. He is a multidisciplinary Quebec artist who has lived for over 30 years in Longueil, near Montreal. He first worked as a social worker before gradually turning to art. He became a full-time artist in 2012. The two practices are now inseparable. In 2018, he obtained a master’s degree in visual and media arts from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Quebec in Montreal. The artist’s practice encompasses photography, digitization, drawing, installations and assemblages, sculpture, participatory art and performance. Since 2007, he has participated in more than 20 solo exhibitions and has participated in 15 group exhibitions in several cities of Quebec and in Ottawa, and in United States (new York), Cuba, France, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, and China. It has also been present in public spaces outside of exhibition venues in Quebec, Greece, and Spain. In addition, since 2012, he has participated in 10 contemporary art festivals in Quebec, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia and China.
The MusÃ©e national des beaux-arts du QuÃ©bec, in collaboration with the MusÃ©e d’art contemporain des Laurentides (MAC LAU), organized this exhibition which takes place from December 9, 2021 To October 16, 2022. Stanley February is the recipient of the 2020 MNBAQ Contemporary Art Prize, awarded thanks to the generous financial contribution of the RBC Foundation. Direction
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menm vye tintin. possible lives
by artist Stanley February
Winner of the fourth MNBAQ Contemporary Art Prize
GÃ©rard-Morisset Pavilion of the MNBAQ
Of December 9, To October 16, 2022
SOURCE National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec
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