10 Ans d’Urgence

Artist Talk and Opening Reception : July 25th, 2013 at 6PM

Connexion is excited to present a project by Montreal-based collective ATSA (l’Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable) in the main gallery. Their exhibition “10 Ans d’Urgence” brings together works by more than twenty artists who made original contributions to the collective’s État d’Urgence event between 1998 and 2010. ATSA describes État d’Urgence as a “manifestival” – a category that plays off the French word for a political demonstration ‘manifestation’ and the evocations of a public festival. Organized annually in Montreal, the event has brought together dynamic works in video, photography, illustration, archival film, sound, and installation-based practices, which consider the issue of homelessness and work to demand an encounter with that often-feared individual: ‘the outsider.’

The exhibition will run until September 2, 2013.

ATSA (l’Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. The pair create transdisciplinary works and events, and as a creative, pacifist, and responsible movement, ATSA is committed to producing and promoting events which help advance the causes of sustainable development and the fundamental rights of humankind and of nature. The recipient of the 2011 Giverny Capital price, the 2010 Pratt & Whitney Canada Nature de l’Art Prize, the Citoyen de la Culture 2008 Award, and of the Artistes pour la Paix 2008 Award, ATSA uses intergenerational and educational strategies to question urban landscapes and promote exchange and reflection in the public realm.

Connexion co-presented Magnus Isacsson’s documentary about ATSA with Cinema Politica Fredericton in January 2012.

Connexion gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton, and the Picaroons Brewing Company.

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