Art & Power

Reading the collection through civic engagement

Group Exhibition

Oct - Dec, 2018

Exhibition Artists

Faig Ahmed
Daniel Arsham
Nicolas Baier
ADAM BASANTA
EDUARDO BASUALDO
Graham Caldwell
Cynthia Daignault
John De Andrea
Aleksandra Domanović

Pierre Dorion
DAVID ELLIOT
OMER FAST
Rodney Graham
Anish Kapoor
Kapwani Kiwanga
Wanda Koop
Oliver Laric
DALE LEWIS

LIGHT SOCIETY
Jeanie RiddlE
Ugo Rondinone
Marc Séguin
SKAWENNATI
Amalia Ulman
Eric Yahnker
Xu Zhen

Amalia Ulman, Privilege 3/3/2016, Ed. 1/2, Fuji photo print on aluminium dibond, 39 3/8" x 39 3/8" x 1/4". Photo: Courtesy of the artist and of the gallery Arcadia Missa, London (United Kingdom)

This fall, Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal explores the concept of power through a new presentation of its collection. The selection of primarily recent works alludes to a decadent world with increasingly visible limits – daily violence, terrorist acts, armed conflicts, migrations... Drawing critical force from current news, the artists’ practices allow us to examine the relationships of power, scrutinize human relations and develop new approaches to our collective moment. This selection invites visitors to shift perspectives, adopting new postures towards contemporary life. 

The installation is comprised of two large rooms and three multimedia spaces with works expressing their power through a range of formal and conceptual devices. By exploring the historical, political, sociological, and cultural aspects of our society, the artists raise issues worthy of our collective and personal reflection. Ultimately, the selection of works by local, national and international artists encourages awareness and attunes us to the many influences and forms of authority directing our gaze.

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