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Bande à part / Kids these days
September 10 - December 6, 2014

Artists: Jo-Anne Balcaen (Montréal), Sarah Febbraro (Toronto), Kerri Flannigan (Montréal), Emmanuelle Léonard (Montréal), Kyla Mallett (Vancouver), Helen Reed (Vancouver), Guillaume Simoneau (Montréal), Althea Thauberger (Vancouver)

Curator: Zoë Chan

Opening reception: Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with a curatorial talk at 4:30 pm 

As part of the Carte blanche series, Bande à part/Kids these days focuses on a selection of projects from the 2000s by Québécois and Canadian artists who employ strategies that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology, and sociology in their examinations of youth and youth cultures within a North American context. The artists document young people—their bodies, expressions, and movements, as well as investigate their tastes, thoughts, clothing styles, methods of communication, and leisure activities. The resulting artworks suggest an underlying desire on the part of the artists to capture the “essence” of youth or at least to affiliate themselves with the coveted values typically associated with this group: freedom, escape, authenticity, expressivity, creativity, and idealism. Popular ideas around youth are further explored in the fiction and non-fiction books on display and in the accompanying film series.

Curatorial Essay

Exhibition Brochure

 Artist Biographies: Born in La Broquerie, Manitoba, Jo-Anne Balcaen is a Montréal-based artist working in a variety of media, including video, audio, installation and print media. She holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1994) and an MFA from Concordia University (2000). Since the mid-1990s, her work has been regularly shown in festivals, artist-run centres and galleries across Canada, as well as in the UK, Europe and the US. Recent solo exhibitions include RE-DUO at Dr. Disc in Hamilton, Ontario (2014); Sound Ideas at Centre Clark in Montréal, Quebec (2011); and The Longer I Wait, the Better It Feels at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland (2011). Balcaen is also the recipient of numerous grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. In parallel to her art practice, she has worked for over 12 years within the visual arts sector in Montréal as a board member and exhibition coordinator for various galleries, organizations and artist-run centres such as Articule, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Diagonale and Artexte.

Sarah Febbraro lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her art practice incorporates performance, video, documentary, installation, community engagement, social practice and drawing. She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2006 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Febbraro has held solo exhibitions at the Galerie Centrale Powerhouse in Montréal, Quebec (2013); Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario (2013); and Spoke Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2008). Recent group exhibitions and projects include Let's Figure This Out Fast So We Can Just Be Together! at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursdays in Toronto, Ontario (2014); Power Ball at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (2012); Meet us on the Commons at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in Ontario (2011); and I Love Real Life at Mess Hall in Chicago, Illinois (2007). Febbraro has also participated in various residencies, such as the “Experiential Comedy Training Camp” at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta (2012) and at Art City in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2011). She is the recipient of several awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, among others.

Kerri Flannigan is a Montréal-based interdisciplinary artist, originally from Deep River, Ontario. Through drawing, writing, projection and installation, Flannigan explores methods of experimental narrative and documentary. Grounded in both personal history and in-depth research, her work examines the histories of small towns, coming-of-age memoirs and family histories. She holds a BFA in Studio Arts (2011) and a BA in Political Studies (2009), both from Concordia University. Flannigan has held solo exhibitions and performances at Artspace in Peterborough, Ontario (2014); La Centrale in Montréal, Quebec (2013); and VAV Gallery in Montréal (2012 and 2011). She has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Montréal, including DATA: SALON at Eastern Bloc (2014); Paper Work at FOFA Gallery (2014); and Tandem Créatif at Articule and L’Écomusée du fier monde (2013). Flannigan has received several awards and grants including the CALQ Multidisciplinary Arts Grant (2011) and Best English Zine at the Expozine Awards (2013).

Born in 1971 in Montréal, where she lives and works, Emmanuelle Léonard’s artistic practice employs methods of videographic documentary and conceptual photography to develop strategies of representation of public space. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (1997) and an MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2002). Léonard’s works have been exhibited in À Montréal, quand l’image rôde at Le Fresnoy: Studio national des arts contemporains in Roubaix, France (2014); Quebec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011); ARBEITSHAUS:einatmen.ausatmen (WORKHOUSE:inhale.exhale) at Kunsthaus in Dresden, Germany (2005); and Citizen Clarke at Glassbox in Paris, France (2002). She has held solo exhibitions at Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec (2011); Galerie L'Œil de Poisson in Quebec City (2010); and Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art in Toronto, Ontario (2004). She has been awarded residencies at the Villa Arson in Nice, France; the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland; and the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation in Espoo, Finland. Léonard is the recipient of the 2005 Prix Pierre-Ayot. She was nominated for the Grange Prize (now the Aimia Prize) at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2012) and was a finalist for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s first Contemporary Art Award (2013). Her work is found in collections of the city of Montréal and the Musée National de Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Kyla Mallett is multidisciplinary artist working with installations, photography, sound and video. Her work investigates the intersections of language and the social realm, utilizing pseudo-anthropological strategies of research, collecting and archiving, while focusing on themes such as adolescence, girlhood, feminism and academia. She holds a MFA from the University of British Columbia (2004) and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2000), where she currently teaches as Associate Professor in Visual Art and Graduate Studies. Mallett has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art in Toronto, Ontario (2013); Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta (2011); and ThreeWalls in Chicago, Illinois (2005). She has participated in national and international group exhibitions such as Tools for Conviviality at Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario (2012); Following a Line at Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia (2010); Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver at Centre d’art contemporain d’Herouville St. Clair in Basse Normandie, France (2005) and at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France (2004).

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Helen Reed’s artistic practice explores her interest in participatory culture, affinity groups and fantasy-based subcultures. Her projects take vernacular form as television shows, publications, postcards and other forms of easily transmittable and dispersed media, so as to circulate back into the communities from which they are generated. She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University (2010) and a Bachelor of Media Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2006). Reed’s recent exhibitions include Tragedy Plus Time at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan (2014); Reading. Writing. at Gallery Homeland in Portland Oregon (2011); The Incidental Person at Apexart in New York, New York (2010); and Born out of Pleasure at Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario (2008). Additionally her films have been shown at various film festivals internationally, such as New Weird Canada at Archive Kabinett in Berlin, Germany (2013); Fire Walk With Me at Riverside Studios in London, UK (2010); and Our Inconvenient Truth at The Kitchen in New York, New York (2006). Reed was on the Longlist for the Sobey Art Award in 2007, and has been the recipient of grants and awards from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Portland State University.

Born in 1978 in Lévis, Québec, Guillaume Simoneau is a photographer whose work centres on transitional spaces within universal themes. Currently based in Montréal, Simoneau studied at Dawson College (2000) and the Cégep Lévis-Lauzon in Lévis (1996). He has held solo exhibitions nationally and internationally at institutions such as Leo Xu Projects in Shanghai, China (2014); VU Photo in Quebec City (2013); and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois (2013). Simoneau has participated in group exhibitions including Youth Code at Christophe Guye Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland (2013); Repositioned Personal at Daegu Photography Biennale in Korea (2012); and Topographie at Les Territoires Gallery in Montréal (2012). The artist has won several awards for his work, including the Contact Portfolio Review Award and Flash Forward, Foundation Magenta, as well as receiving multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Simoneau’s work can be found in the collections of international institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Althea Thauberger’s artistic practice typically involves interactions with a group or community that result in performances, films, videos, audio recordings and books, and incorporate sometimes provocative reflections of social, political, institutional and aesthetic power relations. She holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Victoria. Thauberger has held solo exhibitions at Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham, England (2014); Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art in Montréal (2012); and inSITE05 in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico (2005). She has participated in recent group exhibitions, such as Storytelling at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario (2013); WE: Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011); The Beauty of a Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age at the 17th Biennale of Sydney in Australia (2010); and Farewell to Postcolonialism at the Guangzhou Triennale in China (2008). Thauberger was a finalist for the Grange Prize (now the Aimia Prize) in 2011, the Sobey Art Award in 2004, and also won the VIVA Award in 2011. Her work can be found in several collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Thauberger is currently represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.

Zoë Chan is an independent Canadian curator and critic. She is currently a recipient of the Canada Council Project Grant to Curators and Critics for research focusing on representations of youth and youth aesthetics in contemporary art and visual culture. The exhibition Bande à part/Kids these days is one of the results of this ongoing research. She was selected as one of twelve international curators to participate in Independent Curators International - ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program, Curating Now, in New York in fall 2014. In summer 2014, she and artist Mark Clintberg launched a research project entitled Everyday Cooking, Cooking Every Day at the artist-run center Articule in Montréal, which made links between domestic cooking and artistic and curatorial practices. In 2012, she curated Personal Mythologies with artists Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo and Marigold Santos for the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). Between 2006 and 2010, she was visual arts programmer at the MAI, an arts center dedicated to presenting culturally diverse artists, where she worked on projects by Brendan Fernandes, Jérôme Havre, Reena Katz, Karen Tam, and Howie Tsui, among others. As a critic, she has written for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Esse, ETC, and Ricepaper. Zoë Chan earned a Master’s degree in Art History in 2008 from Concordia University in Montréal, where she wrote on primitivism and young masculinities in Larry Clark’s photography and films.

The Foreman Art Gallery and the curator wish to thank all of the artists, the Susan Hobbs Gallery, Coleen and Howard Nemtin, the Collection of Torys LLP, and a private lender.

This exhibition was produced by the Foreman Art Gallery with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.