Vibrant colour, classic forms and dreamy landscapes are often reworked by artist Joani Tremblay to urgent—and not just representational—ends. “In these times of fear, hate, populism, historic anxiety and despair, how can pleasure and utopias emphasize what makes life worth living?” the Montreal- based Tremblay writes, and her work pursues this type of politic with notable power. “I paint utopias, illusory places imagined as pleasure states, or a feeling of a place, tangling between abstraction and representation. Landscapes and their utopias are invariably correlated to the question of culture.” she asserts. Tremblay is responding to the uncertainty of the current political climate by emphasizing the escapism of utopias and the related necessity for beauty.
In 2016, Tremblay graduated from the MFA program at Concordia University, and in 2012 she received her BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Tremblay’s work has been shown in New York City (NADA NY), Romania (Bucharest Art Week), Mexico City (Material Art Fair), Tokyo (3331 Arts Chiyoda), Boston (The Museum School of Boston) and throughout Canada in Ottawa (The National Gallery of Canada), Toronto (Open Studio Gallery), Montreal (Projet Pangée) and Edmonton (Latitude 53).
She has participated in residencies in Berlin and Tokyo, and has upcoming solo exhibitions at Pony Sugar (Stockholm) and Niels Kantor (Los Angeles) and an upcoming residency at Eastside International (ESXLA) (Los Angeles). She was the recipient of the Vladimir J. Elgart Graduate Scholarship and the Quebec Research Grant “The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture” (FRQSC). She operates the artist project space Projet Pangée with Julie Côté in Montréal.
Voin de Voin is a Bulgarian artist currently living and working in Sofia. He is the founder of Aether art space in Sofia ,running since may 2016. He is part of Sariev Gallery, Bulgaria. He studied Art and Dance and cinema in Laban centre,London,Rietveld academy Amsterdam,International school of cinema of Paris, and master degree in advanced research in the performing arts from DASARTS, Amsterdam. His work is a combination between performance, installation and social experiments. His aim is to create new connections between the private and the collective, to establish new systems of thinking and offer unique experience to his audiences by creating environments where the borders between performer and public are merged. In his practise he is creating his own platforms to explore the effects and affects of the contemporary life ,where the political, sexual and experimental art intersect. His work has been shown in various festivals and places like NYLO -living art museum,Iceland, Museumsquartier, Vienna,Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, MOMA, New York, Istanbul Contemporary, Documenta 13 , Manifests 11,Zurich and others.
Vincent Routhier was born from a mathematician father and a documentalist mother, in Lyon, France. He lives and works in Montreal, where he currently finishes a master in Fine Arts, intermedia concentration at Concordia University. Vincent Routhier, a conceptual artist whose multidisciplinary practice finds its bases in philosophical thinking and a science-based approach, examines the possible complementarity of art and science. Considering translation a creative act, the artist develops systems that find expression in large geometric drawings, mathematical formulas, and contextual performances. Taking mathematical concepts—the Pythagorean theorem, duplication of the square, or homothety (geometric transformation)—as his starting point, this artist creates drawings using graphite powder.
Snövit Hedstierna, also called Snowwhite, is an internationally-acclaimed Visual Artist, Performance artist and Film Director from Sweden based in-between her studios in Sthlm, Berlin and Montreal. She has exhibited at several international venues including recently Manifesta11, The Venice Biennale 2015, MoMA and Art-Athina. In 2009 she founded the gallery Pony Sugar and has since been curating 4-6 shows per year alongside her artistic practice. Hedstierna is also a writer for the Scandinavian magazine Cap&Design, where she has a standing article about contemporary art and a recurring chronicle about the life as an artist. Snövit holds a MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, and has also been a student at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Valand Academy of Arts and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.